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MDOT freezes city's road funding due to auditor's investigation of Davis

SOUTHAVEN — The Mississippi Department of Transportation has frozen funding for new projects in Southaven because of an auditor’s investigation into Mayor Greg Davis’ spending. The action affects an $850,000 state grant the city was to use to construct a bike path and walking trail system. Randy Battey, assistant chief engineer of operations at MDOT, tells The Commercial Appeal the ...

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Reeves pessimistic on short-term economic recovery

JACKSON — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves yesterday said state revenue in fiscal year 2013 would not increase significantly, reflecting the financial difficulties Mississippi’s economy may experience in the next several fiscal years. “Economic recovery hasn’t hit Main Street, and Mississippi families and businesses continue to struggle,” Reeves said. “The economic outlook for the state reflects these challenges, and state agencies ...

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Colleges, universities asking lawmakers for more money

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s university and community colleges systems are asking legislators for more money. Higher education commissioner Hank Bounds says the universities want a $30.5 million increase from last fiscal year, bringing the total funding bid for the eight schools to nearly $747 million. Eric Clark, executive director of the Board of Community and Junior Colleges, tells the Clarion-Ledger ...

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Colleges turning away nursing school applicants

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Amid a statewide nursing shortage, hundreds of qualified applicants for nursing degrees are not being admitted to programs in Mississippi because the colleges can’t meet the demand. The Clarion-Ledger reports community colleges face the most severe admissions limitations. At East Central Community College in Decatur, for example, 485 qualified applicants submitted bids for this fall’s associate’s degree ...

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Budget recommendations include school, university consolidations

JACKSON — Republican Gov. Haley Barbour calls for reducing the number of school districts and merging some universities, reviving many of his past recommendations in his final Mississippi budget proposal. He also suggests spending the $97.4 million remaining in a healthcare trust fund that was created before he took office. Barbour released his nearly $5.5 billion budget yesterday. His second ...

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Barbour to release state budget proposal today

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour today is releasing his state spending plan for the coming budget year. The Republican leaves office when his second term ends Jan. 10, nearly six months before fiscal 2013 begins on July 1. He will make recommendations that new lawmakers and incoming Republican Gov. Phil Bryant can use as they decide how to spend ...

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Barbour: Budget process should be transparent

BILOXI — Republican Gov. Haley Barbour says Mississippi needs to be honest and transparent in its budget process. The Mississippi Press reports Barbour discussed the budget process yesterday before an audience of about 50 in Biloxi. It was the final of three farewell speeches for the two-term governor, who leaves office Jan. 10. Yesterday, Barbour touched on many points he ...

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Bounds: Universities face funding shortfalls

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — A higher education leader says declining state revenues and the loss of one-time federal money will mean fewer dollars for Mississippi universities. Hank Bounds, Mississippi’s higher education commission, told The Sun Herald the eight public universities have taken cuts in the past three years but had federal aid to make up for it. Bounds says money earmarked ...

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Lawmakers question MDA's contracts

JACKSON — Lawmakers yesterday sharply questioned the Mississippi Development Authority’s contracts with private consultants, including a $240-an-hour agreement with Terri Hudson, who used to be the agency’s chief financial officer. Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, said during a budget hearing that he doesn’t understand why MDA would pay Hudson so much for a part-time contract to help oversee spending of federal ...

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