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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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Mosley: Government workers' pay lags surrounding states

JACKSON — Mississippi government employees make an average of $9,108 less than their counterparts in the surrounding states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee, said the Mississippi State Personnel Board director. Deanna Mosley told lawmakers that for the budget year that ended June 30, the average in Mississippi was $34,506. The four states’ average for equivalent jobs during that time ...

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Swoope getting a nice raise in the Sunshine State

Nobody ever accused Gray Swoope of leaving Mississippi to become the head economic developer in Florida because of the money, but his wallet is probably fixing to become fatter — much fatter — soon. According to a piece from The Associated Press, Swoope, former leader of the Mississippi Development Authority and now president and CEO of Enterprise Florida, is expected ...

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City council trims department heads' pay

MERIDIAN — The City Council has voted to cut the salaries of some department heads. Mayor Percy Bland, who was elected in June, replaced some department heads and kept others. In doing so, he set higher pay for directors of community development, homeland security and the chief of police. The chief administrative officer’s salary was cut, as was the salary ...

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Aldermen vote to move up pay raise for themselves, mayor

STARKVILLE — Starkville aldermen have voted to move up a pending pay raise for themselves and Mayor Parker Wiseman by a year. The action came Tuesday on a 5-2 vote by the board of aldermen. The pay raise is a $3,000 increase to $15,000 annually for aldermen and an $11,500 raise to $71,500 annually for the mayor. It had been ...

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Facing deficit, city to layoff workers, freeze pay raises

CLINTON — The city of Clinton, faced with a year-end deficit and more than $400,000 in leftover expenses from 2013, is cutting its fiscal 2014 budget by more than $1.1 million. The Clarion-Ledger reports that the city will be laying off at least eight employees and giving no raises. Mayor Phil Fisher says the steps will give revenues a chance ...

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City trims personnel expenses, but mayor wants deeper cuts

VICKSBURG — Projected personnel expenses in the city of Vicksburg will be reduced by about 3 percent for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 but are still too high for Mayor George Flaggs Jr., who wants to lower employee costs more. The Vicksburg Post reports that a public hearing on the budget is 7 p.m. tomorrow at the City ...

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Pickering petitioning for change to fee system

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Every year, the Mississippi auditor’s office cites a handful of circuit and chancery clerks for overpaying themselves. Now, as lawyers for Auditor Stacey Pickering and Warren County fight in court with Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree, the Republican Pickering says he wants to meet with clerks and county supervisors statewide to discuss changes to the ...

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City pays $160K to 75 workers on disciplinary leave

JACKSON — Over the past four years, the city of Jackson has paid 75 workers at least $160,000 to stay home on disciplinary leave. The Clarion-Ledger says the total is likely much higher. The newspaper says its analysis of city records identified 1,184 days of paid disciplinary leave from January 2009 to May 2013. But it says records for 46 ...

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