AG Hood issues opinion: Governor can’t run Medicaid.


Mississippi's attorney general says the governor does not have legal authority to operate the Division of Medicaid by executive order. Attorney General Jim Hood's nonbinding opinion, issued Wednesday, contradicts claims by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and could increase pressure on Bryant to call the Legislature into special session to reauthorize the state Medicaid program. Unless … Continue reading AG Hood issues opinion: Governor can’t run Medicaid.

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Review of MDMR shows agency susceptible to “fraud, waste and abuse” new director says.


The head of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources said Tuesday that the agency is “susceptible to fraud, waste and abuse” and must change its own work environment. Jamie Miller’s comments came as he released results of an accounting firm’s review of the agency. It was conducted during Miller’s first 60 days as executive director … Continue reading Review of MDMR shows agency susceptible to “fraud, waste and abuse” new director says.

IHL task force quietly studying Mississippi internet tax for consideration in 2014 session.


A state task force is quietly taking a hard look at the pros and cons of forcing Internet retailers to comply with a Mississippi law that mandates they collect sales taxes on items they sell online to buyers in the state. A key question is whether taxing cyber sales is a true pot of gold … Continue reading IHL task force quietly studying Mississippi internet tax for consideration in 2014 session.

MS university officials question validity of teacher prep study, say no data requested.


Aspiring teachers might want to leave Mississippi for a college degree after a study released Tuesday by the National Council on Teacher Quality found the state lacked a single high-quality teacher prep program. On a scale of one to four stars – with four being the best and one the worst – none of Mississippi’s … Continue reading MS university officials question validity of teacher prep study, say no data requested.