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Ford, Perry chosen to manage Capitol City's new tax

JACKSON — A former speaker of the Mississippi House and a prominent Republican will help oversee how the city of Jackson spends money generated by a 1 percent sales tax that took effect earlier this year. The Clarion-Ledger reports that former Speaker Tim Ford and Hinds County Republican chairman Pete Perry will serve on a board that will develop a ...

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Bryant signs teacher pay raise bill into law

JACKSON — Mississippi public schoolteachers can look forward to a $2,500 pay increase over the next two years on top of normal annual raises, with Gov. Phil Bryant signing a bill yesterday that he says he hopes will aid performance. “What we are trying to do with this bill today is get the best and the brightest in the classroom,” ...

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Controversial religious freedom bill not dead yet

JACKSON — Mississippi House members want to study a much-disputed religious practices bill, keeping it alive for possible further action. The House passed Senate Bill 2681 by an 80-37 vote yesterday after it had been amended to call for a study panel of the combined House and Senate Judiciary committees. An amendment that inserts the phrase “In God We Trust” ...

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House rejects Senate's teacher pay raise legislation

JACKSON — House and Senate negotiators will meet to discuss differences in their pay raise proposals for Mississippi public school teachers. The move comes after the House rejected a Democratic attempt to agree to the Senate’s pay raise proposal by a 71-50 vote yesterday. Democrats argued that the House should accept the Senate plan because there’s a chance that House ...

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Lawmakers pushing for staggered pay raise for teachers

JACKSON — House Speaker Philip Gunn and fellow Republicans want to give a $1,500 raise to most public school teachers in 2015 and 2016, and a projected raise of around $2,750 over the following two years, assuming state revenue continues to grow at a healthy rate. The House Education Committee approved the plan yesterday, with House Republicans joining Gunn shortly ...

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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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Groups gather at Capitol to push for teacher pay raise

JACKSON — Public school teachers and education advocates rallied at the Capitol yesterday to push for higher pay and increased state aid to public schools — not a new fight, but one that they hope will have more success this year than it has in the past. The Mississippi Association of Educators, or MAE, the state’s largest teacher union, is ...

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Gunn: Teachers deserve pay raise

JACKSON — Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn yesterday repeated his support for an across-the-board teacher pay raise this year. But, the Republican said it will be weeks before lawmakers will know how much money is available to put into raises. Legislators have an early April deadline to adopt a budget for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. The House and ...

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Gunn: Teacher pay raises should be up for debate

JACKSON — Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn said yesterday that he wants lawmakers in 2014 to consider the first across-the-board teacher pay raise in the past seven years. He said legislative leaders have not yet discussed details about how large a raise might be considered. “A lot of it’s going to depend on how much money is available,” Gunn told ...

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