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Dem response: Bryant failed to note Mississippi problems

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant failed to acknowledge many of Mississippi’s problems in the State of the State address, a lawmaker said in the Democrats’ televised response. Bryant gave the speech Tuesday at the Capitol, saying critics are portraying Mississippi in a negative light. Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford said Mississippi is last in public education, last in mental health care ...

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Governor: Mississippi reality different from critics’ view

Critics are painting a negative picture of Mississippi but the state is enjoying low unemployment and is improving its public education system, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Tuesday night in a State of the State speech that offered a few new proposals. “The proverbial critics would have you believe that one is a declining state whose people are suffering mightily,” ...

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Downward budget trend could continue in 2018

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal JACKSON – If preliminary numbers hold, 2018 will mark the third consecutive session where Mississippi legislators cut state spending. The budgets proposed for the upcoming fiscal year by both the Legislative Budget Committee and by Gov. Phil Bryant call for less spending than the budget passed in the 2017 session for the current fiscal ...

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Medical building named for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant

The University of Mississippi Medical Center is naming a building for Gov. Phil Bryant. College Board trustees approved the plan Thursday morning. Bearing Bryant’s name will be the university’s recently opened medical school building in Jackson. The five-story, $74 million structure was officially opened in August, giving the university room to expand the number of physicians it trains. The Republican ...

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Governor advocating for two statewide votes: state flag, transportation tax

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal If second-term Gov. Phil Bryant has his way, 2018 could be a busy year for Mississippi voters. The Republican governor voiced support earlier this week for placing on the ballot for voters to decide: Whether to pay additional taxes (presumably on gasoline and other items) to raise revenue for transportation needs on the state ...

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SMW Manufacturing acquires Caterpillar operations in Lafayette County

SMW Manufacturing is taking over operations at the former Caterpillar facility in Lafayette County. The company plans to invest in excess of $15 million and hire up to 50 employees, comprised of predominantly former Caterpillar employees, by the end of 2018. “I am pleased to welcome SMW to Mississippi and appreciate the company for utilizing the skills of the facility’s ...

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Nosef resigning as chairman of Mississippi Republican Party

The Mississippi Republican Party is looking for a new chairman. Joe Nosef, in a letter to Gov. Phil Bryant Wednesday, announced he was stepping down from the post he’s held for nearly six years. The Clarion-Ledger reports Bryant thanked Nosef for his service and wished him the best in the future. In his resignation letter, Nosef said he plans to focus on ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: State flag conflict: morality vs. heritage

Former state GOP executive director, elected Republican official, and chief of staff to Kirk Fordice, Mississippi’s first Republican Governor, Andy Taggart has publicly challenged his party to step up and “lead the charge in finally removing from our state flag the representation of the Confederate battle flag.”    Saying such a move “will make a strong, moral statement” acknowledging “our ...

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State revenue collections off to strong start

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal State revenue collections, which have been sluggish for the previous two fiscal years, are off to a strong start for the first two months of the new fiscal year. For July and August, revenue collections are $68.4 million or 10.5 percent above the amount collected during the same time period last year, according to ...

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