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Governor, lawmakers meeting on state budget

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is meeting with top lawmakers to set an important number for writing a state budget. Bryant and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee will set a revenue estimate. That’s their best guess of how much money the state will have available to spend during fiscal 2014, which begins July 1. The estimate is based on Mississippi’s ...

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Committee chair vows to work on bond package next session

JACKSON — The Mississippi House and Senate will try to agree on a package of long-term borrowing next year, after failing to authorize one this past spring, a top lawmaker said. Senate Finance Committee chairman Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, said leaders want to cover the state’s needs without creating too much bond debt. The state issues bonds as long-term financing for ...

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Governor, lawmakers promise fight for charter school law

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant and fellow Republicans who lead the Mississippi House and Senate say they have big plans to overhaul public education during the 2013 session. However, their inability to enact a new charter schools law in 2012 shows it’s easy to talk about ambitious plans and difficult to round up enough votes to challenge the status quo. ...

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Gaming chair to hold hearing on proposals for lottery

JACKSON — The chairman of the House Gaming Committee says he will hold an initial fact-finding committee hearing sometime within the next three or four weeks to look at proposals for a state lottery in Mississippi. Rep. Richard Bennett, a Republican from Long Beach, tells the Clarion-Ledger many people have asked about a lottery and some legislators put in bills ...

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House speaker wraps up statewide 'ideas' tour

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — House Speaker Philip Gunn says education is a recurring theme at the town meetings he held across Mississippi last week. He says comments and ideas have varied. Gunn, a Republican from Clinton, wrapped up his “ideas” tour in Brookhaven. He made earlier stops in Jackson, Greenwood, Hernando, Tupelo, Columbus, Meridian, Hattiesburg and Biloxi. Gunn says health care ...

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Lawmakers to take hard look at saving money on prisons

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers say they want to examine sentencing, parole and corrections practices to see if the state can find ways to save money on prisons. Two state House committees — Corrections and Judiciary B — met jointly yesterday to hear from judges, prosecutors, the Parole Board chairman and the corrections commissioner. “We’re going to have to establish some ...

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Speaker Gun conducting 'ideas tour' next month

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn is holding an “ideas tour” in October. The Republican from Clinton says the nonpartisan public meetings are designed so people can tell him what issues they want lawmakers to consider. On Oct. 8, meetings are set for 9 a.m. at the state Capitol, 1 p.m. at Greenwood City Hall and 4:30 p.m. ...

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