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Coast city officials wrestle with $600K budget deficit

OCEAN SPRINGS — The city of Ocean Springs is looking at possible fee increase or reductions in spending to address a projected $600,000 deficit in next year’s budget. The Mississippi Press reports City Clerk Shelly Ferguson outlined alternatives for the board of aldermen this week. The board asked Ferguson to come back in April with firm recommendations for it to ...

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Legislature passes first versions of budget bills

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators are starting to pass the first versions of budget bills for the year that begins July 1, but much of what they’re approving now is likely to change during the next several weeks. The House and Senate face a late-April deadline to allocate money for everything from schools to prisons. Top lawmakers say the state will ...

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Gathering at Capitol asks for more money for two-year colleges

JACKSON — About 100 community college students, teachers and administrators gathered at the state Capitol yesterday to ask Mississippi legislators for more money to meet the needs of a student population that has grown as the economy has struggled. Wearing green t-shirts that played off the “Survivor” TV show logo, students enrolled in some of the state’s 15 community colleges ...

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Budget committee adds $99M to current-year budget; $130M to next year

JACKSON — Citing better-than-expected tax collections in recent months, Mississippi lawmakers are increasing the pool of money available for the state to spend during the current and coming budget years. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee voted yesterday to add about $99 million to the budget for the current year, which ends June 30, and about $130 million to the budget ...

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Cochran: No transfer of Air Force missions without congressional OK

MERIDIAN and BILOXI — The Air Force has assured U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, that it will not act to retire hundreds of aircraft or transfer support missions, including Air Force assets at Keesler Air Force Base and Key Field Air National Guard Base, without congressional approval. The FY2013 Air Force budget ...

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Medicaid agency lobbies lawmakers for more funding

JACKSON — Efforts to hold the line on Mississippi’s Medicaid spending are getting more daunting. The state Medicaid agency told House members yesterday that without changes, it now needs almost $884 million for the budget year that begins July 1. That’s up from the $870 million that the agency had previously requested. Gov. Phil Bryant is only asking lawmakers for ...

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City's transit system shuts down for lack of funding

MERIDIAN — Meridian’s transmit system has shut down leaving the city scurrying to meet the needs of people who relied on the buses to get around. Kirk Thompson, executive adviser to Mayor Cheri Barry, said the city hopes to get some bus service in Meridian. Meridian Transit System board president Bo Hawkins said the decision to cease operations was the ...

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