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Senate sends $2.5 billion K-12 education budget to Bryant

JACKSON — Senators are sending a $2.5 billion K-12 education budget to Gov. Phil Bryant for the upcoming year. It’s an unusual move that means senators won’t engage in late-session negotiations with House members over a bill that makes up more than 40 percent of state spending. The measure increases funding for K-12 schools by $106 million, but leaves the ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Tax slasher productions comes to Mississippi

The Mississippi Film Office is a buzz about a new series of slasher films shooting at our state Capitol featuring Gov. Phil Bryant as Freddy Krueger, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn as Ghostface, and Lt. Gov. Reeves as the GingerDead Man. No worries, there will be no blood. This Tax Slasher production is brought to you by those jockeying ...

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Analysis: Lawmakers squabble over election-year tax cuts

JACKSON — It’s election year, and Mississippi policymakers are engaged in an escalating debate over who can offer the biggest, juiciest tax cut. The resolution is weeks away, with legislators facing a late March deadline to agree on tax and spending plans. It’s not clear what sort of tax cut will survive, if any. That could depend on a clash ...

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Lawmakers hammer out budget just before deadline

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers has to approve dozens of bills in the state’s $6-billion budget before today’s deadline. Representatives and senators will be getting first looks at some measures for the budget year that begins July 1, because place-holder bills, filed Saturday, were sent back to committees to be rewritten yesterday. Several dozen spending bills were passed yesterday, mainly for ...

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Senate gives final approval of anti-union legislation

JACKSON — Bills that aim to restrict union organizing and picketing practices in Mississippi, as well as limit governments’ abilities to pressure employers to use unionized workers, are on their way to Gov. Phil Bryant. The Senate gave final passage yesterday to the three bills, on mostly party-line votes. Senate Bill 2473 would make it illegal to coerce a business ...

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Senators vote down pay raise for state employees

JACKSON — Mississippi senators yesterday rejected a proposal to give a $1,000 pay raise to all state employees, but a top budget writer said legislators still might consider a raise for lower-paid government workers. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, proposed the across-the-board pay raise, saying employees’ paychecks have remained stagnant while their insurance and retirement expenses have increased in recent years. ...

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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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Session shows divide between Democrats, Republicans

JACKSON — Democrats are starting their third year as the minority party in both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature, and they’re not making life easy for Republicans. The first big House debate of the year was over a welfare drug-testing bill pushed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The four-hour fight demonstrated that Republicans have enough votes to pass almost anything ...

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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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Nissan bond bill advances

The Senate passed with little debate Wednesday a bill that would authorize the Madison County Economic Development Authority to issue up to $100 million in bonds for an expansion of the Nissan plant in Canton. The bonds would not be general obligation, but would be classified as revenue-only. Nissan would service the bonds via lease payments for the buildings. Neither ...

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