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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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Governor to lay out budget recommendations today

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is preparing to release his budget recommendations for the coming year. The Republican will hold a news conference this afternoon at the state Capitol to unveil his spending plan for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. Last week, Bryant and legislative leaders set a revenue estimate of nearly $5.4 billion. It is based on experts’ ...

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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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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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DPS asks lawmakers for more money; education funding in question

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is seeking 45 percent more money from the state general fund for the coming year, a far-larger increase than any other agency has requested during this week’s state budget hearings. “That’s just not realistic to me,” Sen. Terry Brown told Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz during a contentious hearing yesterday. “I ...

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Agencies, schools petition lawmakers for funding in upcoming bidget

JACKSON — Mississippi’s prison and mental health systems and Medicaid program are seeking millions of extra dollars to get through the budget year, then more money on top of that for the coming year. Agency leaders appeared yesterday before the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to request money for fiscal year 2014, which ends June 30, and for fiscal 2015, which ...

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Officials looking more closely at state agency budgets

JACKSON — Leaders of Mississippi government agencies are facing scrutiny about everything from office space to travel expenses as they request money for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. The 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee started annual hearings yesterday — the first step in a lengthy process of deciding how to divvy up state tax dollars for everything from schools ...

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Legislators to conduct public hearings on FY2015 budget

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are holding public hearings this week to start setting priorities for the next state budget. Fiscal year 2015 begins next July 1. Agency directors will appear today through Thursday before the 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee. They’ll request money for schools, highways, prisons, Medicaid and other services. The hearings are being held on the first floor ...

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OUR VIEW: Tight budget could give cover to cuts in government oversight

Let’s hope that the Mississippi Ethics Commission is correct in thinking a proposal to take an 18 percent bite out of the watchdog agency’s budget grew out of a misunderstanding with the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. Otherwise, good government in the Magnolia State is about to sustain a serious wound. In fact, a “devastating” one, Ethics Commission director Tom Hood ...

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Barbour cuts more than $200 million from state’s budget

One of the biggest storylines in state politics in 2009 is likely to be at or near the top of the list in 2010. State revenues have failed for 15 consecutive months to meet estimates. The budget for fiscal year 2010 has already been cut twice and it is a guarantee it will have to be slashed again before the ...

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