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Senate unveils K-12 budget, raising questions on new formula

Senators are offering a bill to fund public schools for 2017-2018, intensifying the question of whether lawmakers will rewrite Mississippi’s school funding formula this year. Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee amended House Bill 1502, adding back $2.2 billion to spend using the current formula. Earlier, House Speaker Philip Gunn had removed the money from the bill. The Clinton Republican wants ...

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Term-limited Mississippi governor moves campaign cash to PAC

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has cleaned out his campaign fund and put most of the money into a political action committee. The Republican can’t seek a third term in 2019 and has said he has no ambition to seek other statewide offices. The latest campaign finance reports, filed this week, show the Friends of Phil Bryant campaign committee spent just ...

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Senate passes ‘Blue Lives’ bill, House eyes alternate plan

A bill that would double penalties for crimes targeting police officers, firefighters and medics passed the Mississippi Senate by a 37-13 vote Thursday, despite impassioned cries against it from African-American senators. Senate Bill 2469 , a “Blue Lives Matter” proposal that moves onto the House, says any crime committed against emergency personnel because of their status as police officers, firefighters or ...

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In bipartisan nod, GOP-led Mississippi Senate commends Obama

The Republican-led Mississippi Legislature has resisted much of President Barack Obama’s agenda. But in a bipartisan gesture of goodwill, the state Senate is calling the Democrat “one of the most consequential presidents in recent history.” Lawmakers have refused to expand Medicaid under Obama’s signature health care law, among other things. However, the Senate adopted a resolution Thursday saying the first ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — How the Democrats shot themselves in their self-righteous left foot

The old saying “What goes around, comes around” is a non-partisan axiom.  An analogous Biblical proverb advocates we should “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The Democrats can only hope the Republicans subscribe to the Golden Rule instead of an “eye for an eye.” I’ll leave it to objective historians to determine whether the Democrats, ...

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At Mississippi school funding hearing, many say spend more

Seeking public input on possible changes to Mississippi’s education funding formula, many people are telling legislators the most important thing is more money. A number of speakers at a Thursday hearing were hostile to plans by Republican legislators to change the current Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which divides $2.2 billion among schools. “I have yet to be convinced the current ...

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Gov. Bryant places priority on reserves in his budget plan

By BOBBY HARRISON Gov. Phil Bryant is placing a priority on restoring state reserve funds in his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1. The second-term Republican governor broke with the tradition of holding a news conference to release his budget proposal and did so instead Tuesday morning via social media. In defending his proposal to ...

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Analysis: Mississippi tightens bond rules for long-term debt

Don’t take on long-term debt to cover day-to-day expenses. Don’t use credit to buy stuff that will wear out before it’s paid off. It’s advice many parents give their soon-to-be adult children. And, in a nutshell, it’s what the Mississippi Bond Commission says in rules it recently adopted. The rules were written partly in response to a $308 million bond ...

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US stocks move higher as banks surge with bond yields

Bank stocks are climbing Monday morning as bond yields continue to rise. Bond yields are climbing to their highest levels this year, which points to higher interest rates and bigger profits for banks from lending money. Investors have been selling bonds, pushing yields higher, as they expect the spending plans of president-elect Donald Trump to lead to higher inflation. The ...

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