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Economist: State's economy expanding, but jobs are not

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s economy is gradually growing stronger, but the state still has 44,000 fewer jobs now than it did before the recession, state economist Darrin Webb told legislative budget writers Friday. Employment numbers in the state have been up in some months and down in others. “What you see is sort of sputtering growth in employment,” Webb ...

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State's Medicaid enrollment growing, spurred by Affordable Care Act

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Medicaid enrollment has grown since January, even as top elected officials continue to oppose expanding the program. Medicaid director David Dzielak told legislative budget writers Friday that the biggest reason for the enrollment increase is a new type of income calculation. He said that under the federal health overhaul law, the Affordable Care Act, administrators are now ...

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Higher education, tourism officials ask for more state funding

JACKSON — The two systems that run Mississippi’s public universities and community colleges each want lawmakers to increase their budgets by more than $75 million, arguing more state spending on higher education will help residents earn higher incomes and bolster the future of the state. State agencies are presenting requests to the 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee this week, setting ...

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Lawmakers question education leaders about escalating administrative costs

JACKSON — State education officials making their legally-mandated push to support Mississippi’s school funding formula were questioned yesterday in a budget hearing about rising spending on administrators and whether lawmakers should spend more money on programs not included in the formula. The Legislature would have to add an estimated $311.7 million to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program in the 2016 ...

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Legislators begin work on FY2016 state budget

JACKSON — Top lawmakers are starting to plan Mississippi’s budget for the coming year. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee is meeting this week to hear state agencies’ requests for money for fiscal 2016, which begins July 1. The hearings are open to the public. They are being held today through Friday at the Woolfolk state office building near the Capitol. ...

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Port Authority sets 'conservative' budget of $12.9M

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County Port Authority commissioners have set a of $12.9 million budget for the Port of Pascagoula for the coming year. Port Director Mark McAndrews tells The Mississippi Press that the spending plan, adopted this week, is conservative. He says port revenues are relatively flat. Fiscal 2015 begins Oct. 1 for local governments. McAndrews says commissioners have created ...

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Will lawmakers approve less borrowing for public universities?

JACKSON — The price of predictability for Mississippi’s public universities is likely to be less money to spend on capital projects in the state’s 2016 budget year. The College Board yesterday approved $710 million in bonding requests, as agencies make requests of the Legislature in advance of next year’s sessions. Lawmakers are likely to borrow much less. Next year will ...

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