Mississippi tax collections strong in July and August


Mississippi tax collections were higher than expected for the first two months of the state budget year, but a top lawmaker said Friday that it's too early to know whether the good numbers indicate steady improvement in the state economy. "I hope we can sustain it," House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, said of … Continue reading Mississippi tax collections strong in July and August

Mississippi Senate Conservatives say “NO” to raising gas and sales taxes.


The Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition (MSCC) today announced the group will reject any attempts to raise gas taxes or sales taxes on Mississippi families as part of a plan to raise revenue for transportation projects. A transportation task force has been looking into the issue. Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons(D) released a proposal last week … Continue reading Mississippi Senate Conservatives say “NO” to raising gas and sales taxes.

Chairman on DMR: ‘Nobody really knows how much money the agency really has’


The Department of Marine Resources has $117,250 in its budget for the rest of the fiscal year, according to a report by its director of administrative services Tuesday at the Commission on Marine Resources meeting. It took Tom Doster less than a minute to deliver that economic news. CMR Chairman Vernon Asper obviously wanted to … Continue reading Chairman on DMR: ‘Nobody really knows how much money the agency really has’

Commission sends 3 of 17 names to Governor to lead DMR.


The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources voted Tuesday on the three names it would give the governor to choose from for the Department of Marine Resources' top job. The commission narrowed it to three following a closed-session discussion Tuesday during the CMR meeting. The commission likely won't officially release the names due to confidentiality agreements … Continue reading Commission sends 3 of 17 names to Governor to lead DMR.

Sen. Hob Bryan not happy about additional funding for MAEP.


Funding for public schools is expected to be about the same in the coming year as it is this budget year. During a debate last week, Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, criticized budget writers for moving $20 million out of a fund for public school buildings. The money is being routed into the schools’ basic funding … Continue reading Sen. Hob Bryan not happy about additional funding for MAEP.

Senate dispute over Voter ID holds up approval of Secretary of State’s budget.


Mississippi senators rejected the secretary of state’s budget Thursday over an argument about paying lawyers to defend a proposed voter identification law. It’s probably just a temporary setback in setting an overall state spending plan for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1. Appropriations Chairman Eugene “Buck” Clarke, R-Hollandale, said he’ll bring the secretary of state’s … Continue reading Senate dispute over Voter ID holds up approval of Secretary of State’s budget.

State Retirement receives most of increased spending in FY ’14 budget proposals.


Mississippi lawmakers are pushing forward with early proposals for the budget year that begins July 1, and many agencies are likely to receive less money than they’re requesting. The $5.5 billion spending plan will be about 1 percent bigger than it is now, with most of the increase going toward state employees’ retirement. Education could … Continue reading State Retirement receives most of increased spending in FY ’14 budget proposals.

Mississippi state revenue collections up, but not enough


Mississippi's state revenue collections, used to fund everything from public schools to Highway Patrol troopers to state parks, continue to grow. But the growth is not enough to prevent additional cuts to state agencies during the 2013 legislative session, members of the House Appropriations Committee were told Wednesday. For May, tax collections were $23.3 million, … Continue reading Mississippi state revenue collections up, but not enough

Fetal heartbeat bill passes Mississippi House again. Will the Senate bottle this one up in committee?


Lawmakers say a bill that passed the Mississippi House on Tuesday could lead to criminal prosecutions of anyone who performs an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The abortion restriction was added to Senate Bill 2771, which would set a prison sentence of up to 30 years for anyone convicted of child homicide. The … Continue reading Fetal heartbeat bill passes Mississippi House again. Will the Senate bottle this one up in committee?

Mississippi House chairman abandons immigration reform


A Mississippi House chairman has abandoned his effort to revive immigration-enforcement provisions that a Senate chairman killed earlier this week. The issue now appears to be dead this legislative session. House Judiciary B Committee Chairman Andy Gipson says he intends to hold hearings this summer about immigration enforcement. However, Gipson told the House on Thursday … Continue reading Mississippi House chairman abandons immigration reform