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Reeves to dodge Waller, Foster at GOP debate in Starkville

Two of the three Republican candidates for Mississippi governor are set to take part in the first debate of the campaign season. State Rep. Robert Foster of Hernando and former Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. of Jackson accepted an invitation for the event at Mississippi State University in Starkville. The candidate who has raised the most money ...

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Lawmakers advance pay raise for Mississippi county officials

A proposed pay raise for many elected county officials in Mississippi is advancing. The House voted 93-14 on Wednesday for Senate Bill 2827 , which would be financed by increased fees for filing government documents and court cases. The Senate and House must resolve differences before the measure goes to the governor. Pay for county supervisors would increase by $10,000 ...

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Analysis: Annual report dives deep into Mississippi finances

The new Mississippi Comprehensive Annual Financial Report has a chart that shows who is in charge of state government. The top of the chart on page 9? Not the governor, or legislators, or judges. It is the citizens of Mississippi. That means that the 170-page document is a report of how elected officials, state agency directors and government employees are ...

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Special session agenda not complete, Bryant spokesman says

A top Democrat is calling on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to expand the list of topics for a special legislative session, but the governor’s spokesman says the budget remains the only agenda item for now. Bryant on Tuesday announced that a special session will begin June 5 so lawmakers can set budgets for the attorney general’s office and the Department ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: What happened to pre-special session transportation discussions?

It has been about a month since the 2017 legislative session ended, yet, at least in public there has been no discussions between the House and Senate leadership on how to deal with the state’s crumbling infrastructure. During the final days of the 2017 session, which ended March 29, the House members, prompted by their leadership, killed the budget bills ...

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Mississippi governor sets special session to start June 5

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is calling Mississippi legislators back to the Capitol for a special session starting June 5. He is asking them to set the final pieces of the state budget for the year that begins July 1. Legislators ended their three-month regular session in late March without passing budgets for the attorney general’s office or the Department of ...

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House balks at Senate plan for oil spill damage account

Mississippi lawmakers may be unable to decide this year how to spend $750 million in oil spill damage payments, with sniping between House and Senate members after a bill died at a Tuesday deadline for action when the House Appropriations Committee didn’t bring it up. House members from Mississippi’s coast said Senate Bill 2634 didn’t have the detailed structure they wanted to ...

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North entrance to Mississippi Capitol closed for a year

The north entrance of the Mississippi Capitol will be closed for the next year during the rebuilding of the second-floor terrace above it. The Department of Finance and Administration says the terrace is deteriorating from leaks. Officials announced Monday that the north lobby facing High Street is closing to rebuild the terrace with new structural supports and waterproof it. New ...

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Veteran lawmaker Read named Appropriations chairman

By BOBBY HARRISON House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, has turned to the Gulf Coast to fill the Appropriations Committee chairman vacancy, naming veteran lawmaker John Read, R-Gautier, to the influential post. “John has more experience and knowledge of the appropriations process than anyone in the House of Representatives,” Gunn said Monday afternoon in a news release. “He has 25 years ...

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