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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, group want PEER to review State Port expansion

GULFPORT — Two lawmakers and a community coalition are asking a legislative committee to release a report that analyzes spending on state port expansion. “This is public monies, so it should be public knowledge,” Rep. Sonya Williams Barnes, D-Gulfport, said at a news conference held yesterday in Gulfport. Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, said the report by the Performance ...

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Kemper coal plant now faces spending review

KEMPER COUNTY — The next battle over a Kemper County power plant will hinge on whether Mississippi Power Co.’s spending on the project was prudent — and that decision may come months later than a July 24 date that state regulators had agreed to earlier this year. The utility recently asked the state Public Service Commission to determine if spending ...

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TROTTER: Big spenders vs. big savers

You stand at your window and look across the street. Nice house, you think. Nice landscaping. Nice sports car. Nice driveway. New bikes for the kids. Wow, if only you had that kind of money . . . . On the other hand, the plain home down the street with the older model sedan parked out front pales in comparison. ...

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NFIB survey finds optimism in economy rising, but…

WASHINGTON — After last month’s disappointing drop in small-business confidence, April’s Index of Small Business Optimism from the National Federation of Independent Business rose 2.6 points to 92.1, just above the recovery average of 90.7. In April’s report, four Index components rose, two fell and six were unchanged. Yet pessimism abounds within the sector, as still far more of those ...

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Dems hold 'public hearing' on education funding

JACKSON — Mississippi Democrats have renewed their calls for more education funding in the state budget. At a meeting billed as a “Democratic Public Hearing,” Rep. Rufus Straughter, D-Belzoni, lamented the consistent gaps between education funding determined by the Mississippi Adequate Education Program and what has been approved by the state legislature. He said that lawmakers’ debates about charter schools ...

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State adopting Pew system to measure effectiveness of spending

JACKSON — Mississippi officials are adopting a national system created by the Pew Center for the States to measure how much benefit a dollar of public spending creates. The system is first being set up to measure the effectiveness of criminal justice and corrections programs, but could be expanded to other areas in the future. House and Senate Appropriations Committee ...

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Lawsuit challenging city's spending headed to Supreme Court

STARKVILLE — A lawsuit challenging how the city of Starkville is paying for infrastructure improvements is making its way to the Mississippi Supreme Court. The Starkville Daily News reports local resident William McGovern has appealed a chancellor’s ruling in favor of Starkville’s municipal facility construction plan to the Supreme Court. Chancellor Jim Davidson threw out McGovern’s lawsuit on Dec. 18. ...

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The fiscal debacle: Government working as was truly intended?

Is the fiscal cliff scenario a failure of our system of government or government functioning as intended? One need not venture far these days to hear a fairly common assessment of the current state of affairs pertaining to government in the nation’s capital. Usually, references are made to a totally broken governing mechanism. Furthermore, the befuddled average citizen often lays ...

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Congressional delegation splits over fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON — All three Republicans in Mississippi’s House delegation voted against legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff, while the state’s only Democrat representative voted for it. Republican U.S. Reps. Gregg Harper, Alan Nunnelee and Steven Palazzo cast no votes, while Democrat Bennie Thompson voted for the legislation that passed 257-167. Nunnelee said in a statement after the vote that out-of-control ...

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