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Bounds: State's college scholarship funding 'being rapidly depleted'

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Recipients of state scholarships could see their aid packages trimmed unless the Mississippi Legislature puts more money into financial aid. That includes the more than 20,000 residents who receive yearly grants of $500 or $1,000. Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds says officials have been using money collected from state student loan repayments to supplement scholarship funds since ...

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Bryant's proposed budget could mean higher tuition at two-year schools

JACKSON — The leaders of Mississippi’s community college system say that the 5.5 percent cut in their budget proposed by Gov. Phil Bryant could lead to higher tuition, bigger classes and more part-time instructors. They say any decrease in funding would only aggravate a money crisis that the colleges have been struggling with, as the recession drove more students into ...

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Bryant slashes staff's salaries by $200K

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is saving taxpayers at least $200,000 by cutting spending in his office. According to documents obtained by The Clarion-Ledger through an open records request, the amount Bryant will spend on salaries in his office is 10 percent less than former Gov. Haley Barbour. Bryant achieved that through a reduction in posts as well as salary ...

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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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Keesler AFB slashing another 38 civilian jobs

BILOXI — Keesler Air Force Base is scheduled to lose another 38 civilian jobs in 2012 as the Air Force continues it move toward eliminating about 9,000 such workers. The announcement comes two months after Keesler said it would eliminate 68 positions from the civilian work force in the 81st Training Wing and 403rd Wing. Brig. Gen. Andrew Mueller of ...

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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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County supervisors wrestling with $1.4M deficit

MADISON COUNTY — Madison County supervisors are facing a projected $1.4 million deficit. The Clarion-Ledger reports the potential shortfall is not tied to the county’s general operating fund. President John Bell Crosby says the deficit is directly related to road projects in one form or another. The amount of the deficit is tied to what is remaining on the contracts ...

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