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Mississippi school funding proposal splits education allies

A proposal to change how Mississippi pays for schools is splitting traditional allies in the education community. Some want to hold out for the current formula, noting a consultant’s proposal would still come up $96 million short of the state’s legal obligation today, according to projections by The Associated Press. Others, though, say they’ve given up on Republicans ever embracing ...

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Proposal could shift more school funding to local districts

Mississippi’s per-pupil education spending would remain at least the same or could even increase, but more of the cost could be shifted to local taxpayers rather than the state budget under proposals for a new school funding formula that consultants presented to lawmakers Monday. The per-pupil cost would depend on several variables, including how much would be spent on technology, ...

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Bill on filling superintendent vacancies heads to governor

A bill heading to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant would let school boards statewide appoint replacements for elected superintendents who resign in the next three years. A 2016 state law makes all 55 elected superintendents appointed beginning in 2020. The elected superintendent in Webster County resigned Dec. 31, and Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, says it would ...

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State leaders ponder roads and bridges funding

By JACK WEATHERLY Gov. Phil Bryant and House Speaker Philip Gunn on Thursday told the Mississippi Economic Council that they are open for finding a way to fund a major overhaul of the state’s roads and bridges. But, as they have said numerous times before, neither Bryant nor Gunn favored raising it through increased taxation. Gunn said that as of ...

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Legislators may revise change in Mississippi budget process

Mississippi lawmakers could spend part of their 2017 session revising a change they made to the state budget in 2016. The Budget Transparency and Simplification Act was intended to streamline spending by wiping out the practice of some state government agencies paying others for things such as rent and technology services. It was also supposed to move all “special funds,” ...

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Mississippi lawmakers vague on tax proposals for ’17 session

Mississippi’s Republican-led Legislature and GOP Gov. Phil Bryant enacted a substantial package of tax cuts during their 2016 session, with reductions phased in over several years. But leaders are vague about whether they will propose other tax changes during the three-month 2017 session that begins Jan. 3. “I wouldn’t expect any major overhaul,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Joey Fillingane, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Republicans struggle to find smart way to budget

Starving the beast” is a popular conservative approach to governance. “If they (legislators) don’t have the money, they can’t spend it,” one Republican operative explained, strongly endorsing this approach.    True enough, but as another longtime Mississippi leader told me, “‘Starve the beast’ is not a smart way to govern, in fact, it isn’t governing at all.”   Also true. ...

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