Governor tells legislators he wants $50 million from trust fund used for workforce training.


(Gov. Phil Bryant) touted the state's decreasing unemployment rate Wednesday during his State of the State speech. Speaking at the state Capitol, Bryant called on legislators to move $50 million into a workforce training fund. He says no new taxes would be required because money would transfer from the state unemployment trust fund, where it … Continue reading Governor tells legislators he wants $50 million from trust fund used for workforce training.

Gov. Bryant says State of the State speech will focus on education, tax cuts and increased funding for tourism.


Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will outline his 2015 legislative agenda during his State of the State address. The speech is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday in the House chamber at the state Capitol. It will be carried live on Mississippi Public Broadcasting radio and television. Republican Bryant says he will talk about education, tax cuts … Continue reading Gov. Bryant says State of the State speech will focus on education, tax cuts and increased funding for tourism.

Gov. Bryant accused of meddling in community colleges, wants new director with “workforce training and development” experience.


According to a report by the Associated Press, Belle Wheelan, president of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, wrote to retiring Community College Director Eric Clark that she had been contacted by some community college presidents concerning what they consider meddling by Gov. Phil Bryant in the choice for … Continue reading Gov. Bryant accused of meddling in community colleges, wants new director with “workforce training and development” experience.

Gov. Bryant says it’s “condescending” to think MS voters not smart enough to decide education funding ballot initiative for themselves.


Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday that "the public is smarter than most people might believe" and it's wrong for people to suggest Mississippi voters might be confused by having two education funding proposals on November's ballot. "I think one of the things that is condescending is the idea that the voting public cannot select … Continue reading Gov. Bryant says it’s “condescending” to think MS voters not smart enough to decide education funding ballot initiative for themselves.

Gov. Bryant and Miss Mississippi address teen pregnancy.


Wednesday, in front of a crowd at the Kroc Center in Biloxi, Bryant said, "One of my goals and achievements was to reduce teen pregnancy by 2017. People came up and said, 'boy, you are in trouble now. That's just not going to happen, and people are going to say you failed.' Well, I will … Continue reading Gov. Bryant and Miss Mississippi address teen pregnancy.

WATSON: Hall’s attack on Governor Bryant’s ObamaCare position a blatant misrepresentation.


BY: Senator Michael Watson--@MichaelWatsonMS It was sad to see in Sunday’s paper former Mississippi Democratic Party executive director turned Clarion Ledger editor Sam Hall attempt to use blatant inaccuracies and misrepresentations to attack Governor Phil Bryant for his strong stand against ObamaCare expansion. In light of the looming and troubled start date for ObamaCare’s insurance … Continue reading WATSON: Hall’s attack on Governor Bryant’s ObamaCare position a blatant misrepresentation.

Hancock port board endorses Bryant staffer as new director


The Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission on Monday voted to hire Ashley Edwards, currently on Gov. Phil Bryant's staff, as executive director at a salary of $150,000 a year. The appointment must be approved by the county Board of Supervisors. Edwards, 33, would start work in October. Edwards would supervise 36 employees. In addition … Continue reading Hancock port board endorses Bryant staffer as new director

#7for7: Education, inspections, elections, ethics, audits and teen pregnancy.


This weeks #7for7 likely has a little something for everyone. And, yes, people STILL really want to know if they have to get an inspection sticker. #7: Mississippi "cord blood" paternity test the first in the country. #6: Pickering releases 2013 Audit Exceptions Report #5: RIGGS: Brookhaven Hospital CEO behind false ads against legislators should … Continue reading #7for7: Education, inspections, elections, ethics, audits and teen pregnancy.

RIGGS: Brookhaven Hospital CEO behind false ads against legislators should be removed from position.


BY: Robert P. Riggs, P.E. I had watched the public debate over Medicaid expansion in Mississippi with intense interest during the 2013 regular session of the Mississippi Legislature. The state of Mississippi does not have any ability to fund an increase in Medicaid care for any extended timeframe. This unfortunate fact was well recognized by … Continue reading RIGGS: Brookhaven Hospital CEO behind false ads against legislators should be removed from position.

#Rewind: Performance Based Compensation for teachers is patching leaks, we need a new ship.


The following article was originally posted July 30, 2012. Recently, education officials said they were having "difficulty" setting up measurements of the trial PBC programs. BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Governor Phil Bryant unveiled a plan on Friday to change the way teachers are paid in Mississippi from a seniority based system to one based … Continue reading #Rewind: Performance Based Compensation for teachers is patching leaks, we need a new ship.