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Legislators up budget estimates for 2014 and 2015

JACKSON — Top Mississippi lawmakers are increasing the estimate of how much money state government can spend this year and next. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee made the changes today after hearing that the state economy has performed well the past several months. Committee members added nearly $150 million to the estimate for fiscal 2014, which ends June 30, and ...

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Lawmakers putting final touches to state budget

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators expect to be busy this week working out final details of a $6 billion budget for the coming year. Among other things, they need to agree on how much to spend on a teacher pay raise plan and whether to fund training for a new group of Highway Patrol troopers. They’re also trying to find ways ...

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Lawmakers still hammering out differences in budget bills

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are moving closer to final negotiations on a $6 billion state budget for the year that begins July 1. The House and Senate have passed different versions of budget bills to cover a variety of state programs, from schools to mental health services to prisons. Negotiators from the two chambers have a March 29 deadline to ...

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Cochran seeking commitment from DHS for data center consolidation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is seeking confirmation that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to programs that promote cost savings while still meeting the nation’s domestic security needs — specifically pointing to the data center consolidation project at Stennis Space Center and advanced funding for U.S. Coast Guard ship procurement. Cochran serves on the ...

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Senate passes bill to increase education funding

JACKSON — Senators are supporting an additional $60 million for Mississippi’s education funding formula. The Senate voted 26-24 yesterday to adopt an amendment to House Bill 1476 — the state K-12 budget — taking money from Medicaid and moving it to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Eight Republicans crossed party lines to vote with all but one Democrat for the ...

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Bryant wants to give hospitals funds to offset health care reform

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing the state give Mississippi hospitals $4.4 million to offset an expected loss of federal funds due to the Affordable Care Act. Under the federal health care law, over a period of years the reimbursement to hospitals for treating people with no health care coverage will be reduced. The intent of the Affordable Care ...

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Council approves $1M budget for proposed baseball stadium

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council has set up a $1-million budget in advance of any spending for a baseball stadium. David Nichols, city administrator, says no expenditures will be made until a team is purchased and all the documents are signed. The Sun Herald reports (the vote was 5-2 creating the new capital project to track the expenses of ...

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Governor proposes $6.1B budget; no new taxes or fees

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing a $6.1-billion state budget that would put more money into education and public safety for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. It would not increase taxes or fees. In a plan unveiled yesterday, the Republican governor said he seeks to eliminate the use of one-time money to pay for recurring expenses. He said ...

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Bryant unveils budget proposal Wednesday

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing a state budget that would put more money into education and public safety. It also seeks to reduce the state’s use of one-time money to pay for recurring expenses. Bryant recommends spending $6.1 billion. Bryant unveiled his spending plan Wednesday for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. Last week, Bryant and ...

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Legislators increase spending estimate; Bryant agrees

JACKSON — Top lawmakers yesterday increased the estimate of how much money Mississippi can spend on state government programs this budget year and next. Members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee voted to increase the revenue estimate from just under $5.1 billion to just over $5.2 billion for fiscal 2014, which ends June 30. They also set an estimate of ...

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