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Veteran lawmaker Read named Appropriations chairman


By BOBBY HARRISON House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, has turned to the Gulf Coast to fill the Appropriations Committee chairman vacancy, naming veteran lawmaker John Read, R-Gautier, to the influential post. “John has more experience and knowledge of the appropriations process than anyone in the House of Representatives,” Gunn said Monday afternoon in a news release. “He has 25 years ...

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House budget leader chosen as new Mississippi revenue chief

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JACKSON — A top Mississippi budget writer is poised to become the new commissioner of the state tax collection agency. Gov. Phil Bryant announced Thursday that he is nominating House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, to be commissioner of the Department of Revenue. If the Senate confirms him, Frierson would start the $140,000-a-year job on July 1. He would ...

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Lieutenant governor joins those seeking school spending bump

JACKSON — As the 2015 elections approach, Republican leaders in the Mississippi Legislature appear to be reaching a consensus to spend more on K-12 education in next year’s budget — but how much money would go to the main funding formula for public schools remains unclear. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he wants to spend $110 million more ...

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Gunn, Reeves introduce performance-based budget plan

JACKSON — Republican legislative leaders have unveiled a plan they say boosts accountability at state agencies and spends taxpayer dollars on results. House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves presented the performance-based budgeting plan, “Building a Better Mississippi,” with the support of members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, which Gunn chairs this year. The plan is the ...

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State's tax collections grew 5 percent last budget year

JACKSON — Mississippi tax collections continued growing strongly in the just-concluded budget year, posting another year of 5 percent growth and ensuring that money will be available to help improve local roads and bridges. State Department of Revenue figures show general fund tax receipts grew to a record $5.25 billion in the 2014 budget year, which ended Monday. Lawmakers raised ...

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Legislators return to Capitol to vote on tornado relief funding

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are returning to Jackson today for a special session to consider up to $20 million in state funding for tornado recovery. Twenty-three tornadoes swept through the state last week, killing 14 people and causing extensive damage in Louisville, Tupelo and other places. The special session begins at 1 p.m. today and is expected to be short. ...

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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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College Board wants money for transition to new funding plan

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The board that oversees state-run universities in Mississippi says it needs more money to complete the transition to a new formula for dispensing funds to the state’s eight public universities. Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds of the College Board made the pitch yesterday to members of the House Appropriations Committee. However, after getting a $20 million boost ...

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Educators feeling pinched from lack of funding

JACKSON — School superintendents say that because Mississippi isn’t fully funding its education formula, their districts have fewer classroom aides, larger class sizes, outdated computers and aging buses. The Center for Education Innovation released a report yesterday calling attention to what districts say are real-world consequences of not enough money. The report collected examples of pinched budgets from five school ...

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Hearings at end, lawmakers start to craft budget

JACKSON — Now that budget hearings are over, Mississippi lawmakers face a long process of deciding how to spend tax dollars for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. The 14 members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee held four days of public hearings last week and quizzed agency leaders about how money is already being spent on programs large and ...

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