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Power of incumbency prevails in Mississippi — Bryant wins another term

JACKSON — For the first time in a single year, Mississippi voters have re-elected all eight statewide officials. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday won a second term, easily defeating two challengers who ran low-budget campaigns — Democrat Robert Gray, a truck driver who said he surprised even himself by winning the party primary in August; and the Reform Party’s ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Initiative 42 not what we need in Mississippi

The November vote on Initiative 42 is days away. Since it amends the state constitution, voters should carefully consider its long-term impacts. Unlike statutes that can be changed yearly, constitutional amendments last for many years. Initiative 42 advocates say a constitutional amendment is needed to force the Legislature to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). Most state leaders ...

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Mississippi GOP opposes 2 school funding proposals on ballot

Mississippi Republican Party leaders are urging people to vote against both of the education funding proposals on the November ballot. However, an attorney who works on school funding cases in other states said Wednesday that one of the proposals — Initiative 42 — is in the best interest of Mississippi children. David Sciarra, director of the New Jersey-based Education Law ...

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OP-ED — Support for Initiative 42

We are products of Mississippi’s public schools, as are our children. We are proud of the education that we received, an education that allowed each of us to secure decent jobs and to become contributing citizens in our communities. That is exactly what we hope each child in a Mississippi school today will find … a way to fulfill whatever ...

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Miss. ballot has analysis of 2 school funding proposals

JACKSON — The Mississippi ballot in November will explain the possible budget impact for two competing school funding proposals. A spokeswoman for a group pushing Initiative 42 says the analysis of that plan is untrue. The ballot says 42 could lead to tax increases or budget cuts for other state programs. Patsy Brumfield, of 42 for Better Schools, says that’s ...

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Miss. pays over $60K to defend lawmakers in ballot dispute

JACKSON — Public records show the state has paid more than $60,000 to defend Mississippi legislative leaders in a dispute over school funding amendments. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal requested House and Senate spending records, which show the state paid Jackson attorney Michael Wallace $60,222 between March and August. The dispute was over the summary voters will see in November, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Initiative 42 may be a wolf in sheep’s clothing

At forums across the state held by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, proponents stubbornly argue that Initiative 42 is simply about getting the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) fully funded. That’s what their petition said. That’s what their upcoming, expensive advertising campaign is likely to say.   But that’s not what their proposed constitutional amendment says:    “To protect each ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Frierson takes hard looks at tax breaks and Initiative 42

You’ve got to admire Herb Frierson. There aren’t many straight shooters in Mississippi politics anymore.   Back in 2013, the House Appropriations Committee chairman called the increasing number of tax breaks coming out of the Republican legislature a big problem, noting the legislature had no way to determine the cumulative impact of such cuts over time.   As reported in ...

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DAVID DALLAS: For Fear of 42

According to Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary, the Mississippi Legislature is off the hook when it comes to funding our K-12 schools under a formula outlined in the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP), at least for now. Former Mississippi Governor, Ronnie Musgrove, lost his case to have school districts fully funded under MAEP in order to meet mid-level academic ...

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Budget writer: Cuts possible if education measure passes

JACKSON — A top Mississippi budget writer is telling leaders of most state agencies to plan how they would cut spending in case voters approve a school funding initiative in November. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, met with agency directors Tuesday at the Capitol and told them to prepare plans for 7.8 percent spending cuts. He’s requesting answers by ...

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