Senator Willie Simmons files bill seeking $400 million in “emergency funding” for highway and bridge repair.


In a move he acknowledges is a long-shot, the chairman of the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee is asking legislators to approve $300 million for timely repairs on state highways and bridges and an additional $100 million for locally maintained roads and bridges. Sen. Willie Simmons, a Cleveland Democrat, wants the money to be part … Continue reading Senator Willie Simmons files bill seeking $400 million in “emergency funding” for highway and bridge repair.

Rep. Jeff Smith to file bill authorizing up to $25 million in state funds for 14-mile “jogging track” in Columbus.


State Rep. Jeff Smith (D-Columbus) told The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday he will sponsor a bill that would provide funds to build multi-use paths that connect the park and Air Force base. Smith, who chairs the House ways and means committee, said he is drafting a bill to authorize issuing up to $25 million in … Continue reading Rep. Jeff Smith to file bill authorizing up to $25 million in state funds for 14-mile “jogging track” in Columbus.

Universities and Community Colleges request a combined increase of $150 million from taxpayers for FY 2016.


The two systems that run Mississippi's public universities and community colleges each want lawmakers to increase their budgets by more than $75 million, arguing more state spending on higher education will help residents earn higher incomes and bolster the future of the state. State agencies are presenting requests to the 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee … Continue reading Universities and Community Colleges request a combined increase of $150 million from taxpayers for FY 2016.

Mississippi Tourism Director wants more funding.


Mississippi's tourism budget is among the lowest of any state in the country and while there are goals for increasing tourism, "The plan starts with more funding," said Malcolm White, executive director of Mississippi Development Authority's Tourism Division. "This is a spend-money-to-make-money business," he said. Competing states and destinations have much larger budgets, and he … Continue reading Mississippi Tourism Director wants more funding.

Mississippi casino revenue continues downward spiral


Mississippi has just announced its casino gambling figures for November revealing a nearly 8% fall in revenue to $165.8 million, down from $179.6 million for the same month last year. November’s revenue was the one of the worst recorded in almost 11 years. With the exception of Indian tribal casinos which are legally exempt from … Continue reading Mississippi casino revenue continues downward spiral

Barbour to release final budget recommendations as Governor today.


Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Tuesday is releasing his state spending plan for the coming budget year. The Republican leaves office when his second term ends Jan. 10, nearly six months before fiscal 2013 begins on July 1. He will make recommendations that new Phil Bryant can use as they decide how to spend the … Continue reading Barbour to release final budget recommendations as Governor today.

Barbour urges frugality for state


New Mississippi legislators who rode into office on the promise of restrained government spending will get a chance to prove it based on the latest state revenue collections. November revenue collections fell $4.9 million short of projections as the state nears the halfway point of its 2012 fiscal year that ends June 30. The numbers … Continue reading Barbour urges frugality for state

Mississippi now owns the public portion of Deer Island


Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann came to south Mississippi today with a $9.7 million tidelands check in his hand. We're told the first million dollars of that check will allow the state to payoff what it owes on Deer Island.  Once that payment is made, the public portion of the island will be controlled by Mississippi. The … Continue reading Mississippi now owns the public portion of Deer Island

Let the dollar-mining begin Part 2–Mississippi chief justice: State’s judges to seek higher salaries in 2012 | The Republic


Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. used a Gulf Coast forum to press the issue of higher salaries for judges. The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/v3YgXA) that Waller and Justices Randy Pierce and Michael Randolph told members of the Gulf Coast Business Council that a judicial pay bill will be presented to the 2012 … Continue reading Let the dollar-mining begin Part 2–Mississippi chief justice: State’s judges to seek higher salaries in 2012 | The Republic

USM seeks $10M from Legislature for building | Hattiesburg American | hattiesburgamerican.com


For the second year in a row, University of Southern Mississippi officials are hoping for a big funding boost from the Legislature for a new School of Nursing building. And while legislators denied last year's $15 million request, College of Health Dean Michael Forster said he believes this year's $10 million request is more feasible … Continue reading USM seeks $10M from Legislature for building | Hattiesburg American | hattiesburgamerican.com