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Mayor wants $90M for water, sewer improvement contract

JACKSON — Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. is pushing the Jackson City Council to approve a $90 million water and sewer improvement contract that project officials guarantee will pay for itself. The Clarion-Ledger reports the project would be a major step toward addressing the city’s water and sewer infrastructure. The project includes four major initiatives: — Replacing the city’s antiquated water ...

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Governor says health care reform is hurting state's economy

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant says the 2010 federal health care overhaul is slowing Mississippi’s economy because business owners are confused about how much it will cost them to meet demands of the law. “The Obama administration has not done a very good job of giving companies some encouragement of investing in their corporations, expanding them to try to move ...

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Southern Miss’ athletic department runs up $1.2M-plus deficit

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi’s athletic department owes the university more than $1.2 million for deficits it ran in three of the past four fiscal years, and the department predicts a shortfall of at least $1 million for 2012-13. But interim Southern Miss president Aubrey Lucas tells the Hattiesburg American measures taken by the university and the athletic ...

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Pine Belt city raises rates for third straight year, but not taxes

LAUREL — Residents in Laurel will see an increase in their water, sewer, and garbage rates effective Nov. 1. WDAM TV reports the Laurel City Council voted 5-1 in favor of increasing rates for the third straight year. City officials say the rate increase will go to helping repair the city’s dilapidated water sewer system. Mayor Mack says, although residents ...

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Lawmakers to take hard look at saving money on prisons

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers say they want to examine sentencing, parole and corrections practices to see if the state can find ways to save money on prisons. Two state House committees — Corrections and Judiciary B — met jointly yesterday to hear from judges, prosecutors, the Parole Board chairman and the corrections commissioner. “We’re going to have to establish some ...

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Math and science school looking for private donors

COLUMBUS — As Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science celebrates its 25th year, it’s also facing a common problem among schools — escalating costs, a decrease in state appropriations and an ever-increasing need for public support. In recent years, they’ve come to rely more heavily upon the financial backing of the MSMS Foundation and private donors, but this year, they’re ...

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Supervisors vote in 2.5-mill tax increase to cover budget

MADISON COUNTY — For the second time this month, The Clarion-Ledger reports Madison County supervisors approved a tax increase to fund next year’s budget, despite protests from residents who urged officials to live within their means. The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 in a special meeting yesterday to approve an increase in the tax levy by 2.5 mills, which amounts ...

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Two-year schools want $101.7M budget increase for 2014

JACKSON — Mississippi’s 15 community and junior colleges are seeking an additional $101.7 million in the 2014 budget year, again arguing that they’ve been particularly ill-treated in recent state spending plans. Eric Clark, executive director of the Community College Board, told lawmakers yesterday money would go to expand worker training, buy new equipment to train students in subjects including welding ...

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Sales tax collections rose on Coast in July

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — July sales were up in most cities across South Mississippi and topped $1 million for the third straight month in Biloxi. The Sun Herald reports Mayor A.J. Holloway attributed the increases to the opening of the new Walmart Supercenter, Margaritaville Casino and Sharkheads souvenir shop since spring. The August report released by the Mississippi Department of ...

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Mayor vetoes budget adopted by City Council

GULFPORT — Mayor George Schloegel has vetoed the 2012-2013 budget adopted by the Gulfport City Council last week. Schloegel urged the council yesterday to take another look at “right sizing” the city staff and cutting expenses. Council president Ricky Dombrowski told The Sun Herald a small group of council members would meet to consider the mayor’s proposals. Neither the mayor’s ...

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