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PSC alerts lawmakers to available unspent funds

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley (D-Nettleton) announced that the commission is sending a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees making them aware of $4 million in unspent funds that is currently held in the Public Service Commission Regulation Fund. In the letter, the commissioners state that the money cannot be spent by the ...

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USM committee completes appeal of program cuts

HATTIESBURG — A committee of deans and faculty members at the University of Southern Mississippi has completed the appeals process for programs slated to be eliminated, and has presented its report to USM president Dr. Martha Saunders. The committee recommended retaining 10 programs, eliminating 11 programs and retention of resources – faculty or graduate assistants – for two other eliminated ...

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Medicaid spending to come in under budget

JACKSON — It looks as if Medicaid spending is going to come in under the forecast, but Gov. Haley Barbour is still urging lawmakers to be cautious. “(Yesterday) the Division of Medicaid advised me spending for Medicaid beneficiaries will actually be less than the amount budgeted last April. My conservative estimate is there will be $40-50 million less spent by ...

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MSU merging departments in cost-cutting move

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is merging the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology to promote cost savings and further strengthen research efforts. The faculty-led Select Committee on Efficiencies and Innovations made the department merger recommendation after consulting with departmental faculty from both units. “Each department has a strong research program,” said ...

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Lawmakers approve $5.4B budget plan

JACKSON — The budgets of many agencies and programs would be cut under a plan approved yesterday by key lawmakers, which also called for tapping up to half of the money in two cash reserves to help keep Mississippi’s government afloat in the coming fiscal year. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee adopted a budget recommendation approaching $5.4 billion for the ...

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Greek truck drivers block roads in protest

ATHENS, Greece — Protesting truck drivers blocked traffic on Greece’s two busiest highways and clashed with police in front of parliament today, as lawmakers approved a shake-up of labor market rules as part of an agreement for international rescue loans. The drivers, protesting for a 10th day, sealed off the highways outside Athens minutes after parliament voted in favor of ...

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Universities looking to replace stimulus funding

NESBIT — Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds says Mississippi’s universities have shaved $91 million from operating expenses, but will still need more state money next fiscal year. The spending proposal presented to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee yesterday seeks state money to replace $66 million in federal stimulus funds that will be lost after this year. In all, the system ...

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More than 700 teaching positions slashed

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi schools cut 2 percent of the jobs for certified teachers this academic year because of tight budgets, state Department of Education officials told lawmakers yesterday. That’s a loss of about 705 jobs among the roughly 33,000 teaching positions. State Board of Education member Claude Hartley told the Joint Legislative Budget Committee that reducing the number of ...

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City passes budget with no tax hike, layoffs possible

WAVELAND — The Waveland City Council has approved a $6.65-million budget that won’t increase property taxes. Mayor Tommy Longo said it may include employee layoffs, but that’s at the discretion of the department heads. Alderman Charles Piazza voted against the budget on Wednesday. Longo tells The Sun Herald that the council chose to cut $675,000 across the board. He said ...

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City's utility bills might rise due to budget woes

GULFPORT — Gulfport residents will see a hike in monthly utility bills if the city council adopts the 2011 budget Mayor George Schloegel’s administration proposes. The administration also wants to eliminate 65 positions Oct. 1, absorb public works and utility billing services previously handled through a contract with Southwest Water Co. and furlough employees for one week. These cost-cutting measures ...

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