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Budget writers looking at significant cut to Health Department funding

JACKSON — Legislative budget writers want to slash the state general fund appropriation for the state Department of Health to $20.7 million — the lowest level it has seen since 1990, when it received $20.3 million. That recommendation comes at a time when the state ranks first in the nation for adult obesity, teen birth rate and infant mortality; second ...

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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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City borrows money to cover payroll expenses

NATCHEZ — The city of Natchez has borrowed $350,000 of its $400,000 tax-anticipation loan since December to help cover payroll expenses. City Clerk Donnie Holloway tells The Natchez Democrat the city originally budgeted for the $400,000 tax-anticipation loan, but he said the city would not need the additional $50,000. The Natchez Board of Aldermen approved taking out the loan for ...

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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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City's restaurant tax collections beat projections

STARKVILLE — Starkville’s 2011 restaurant tax revenues are ahead of the pace set in 2010, according to the city’s sales tax report. Mayor Parker Wiseman tells the Starkville Daily News the city expects to finish the year strong when November and December reports come in. Total restaurant tax revenues for 2011 through October add up to $1.24 million, ahead of ...

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