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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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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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It was a good year for GOP in Mississippi

The past year has been a very good one for Republicans in Mississippi. When the 2012 session of the Mississippi Legislature convened last January, it marked the first time since Reconstruction that Republicans were in charge. The 2011 elections put a Republican in the governor’s office (Phil Bryant), lieutenant governor’s office (Tate Reeves), gave the party a majority in the ...

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With DOR headquarters in limbo, state site on Lakeland may get look

With downtown Jackson’s Landmark Center sunk as the future home of Mississippi Department of Revenue, a state-owned parcel north of Smith-Wills Stadium on Lakeland Drive could be atop the list of new options. The 7-acre parcel won top ranking in a site-selection study done last year by national real estate company Cushman & Wakefield. The tract between the Educational Research ...

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Search is on for next Department of Revenue headquarters

The leadership of the Mississippi House of Representatives last week rebuffed a late-inning effort to salvage a move of the Mississippi Department of Revenue into downtown Jackson’s Landmark Center. House leaders are said to have no appetite for dealing with the DOR headquarters issue this year. State Sen. John Horhn tried to resurrect DOR headquarters’ legislation that died on April ...

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