Bobby Harrison

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I work out of the Mississippi Capitol, covering state government and politics for the Daily Journal.

Stories Written by Bobby Harrison

DAILY JOURNAL JACKSON – The State Board of Education voted Tuesday to follow the position of state leadership and not adhere to the U.S. Department of Education recommended guidelines regarding transgender bathrooms. State education officials discussed the situation at a special called meeting concerning bathroom access for students who no longer identify with the sex […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – If legislative leaders attempt to override the veto of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on at least one piece of legislation, he will have the backing of an unusual group – legislative Democrats. Earlier this month, the governor vetoed a bill to take the state Department of […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – During the recently completed 2016 session, legislators extended the $2,000 tax credit offered to furniture manufacturers for each new cut-and-sew job created, though, it’s not clear how many companies are taking advantage of the incentive. Bill Martin, director of the Franklin Furniture Institute at Mississippi State […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Mississippi Superintendent Carey Wright, yielding to political pressure, said Wednesday the state will take no action in terms of requiring local school districts to ensure transgender students can use the bathroom of the sex of which they identify. “Pending a discussion with the Mississippi state Board […]

It would create a nice little nest egg for a reporter who covers state government to have a $1 for each time he or she stood in the governor’s ceremonial office in the state capitol for a news conference where a bill was signed into law. Normally, at the news conference lawmakers, as well as […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation authorizing the issuance of nearly $250 million in state debt through the sale of bonds was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Phil Bryant. At the time the legislation passed last month near the end of the 2016 session, Republican state Treasurer Lynn Fitch criticized […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – While Gov. Phil Bryant is in the process of signing into law the more than 100 bills that will fund the various agencies of state government, questions still remain about the impact of the decisions made by legislators during the recently completed session. There is always […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Budget cuts and sluggish state revenue collections did not keep Gov. Phil Bryant from signing into law Friday the largest tax cut in Mississippi history. The taxes being cut, for both businesses and individuals on their income, would have generated $415 million in today’s dollars or […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton said legislation signed by Gov. Phil Bryant this week allowing Tupelo to establish leisure and recreation districts to sell and consume alcohol outside could be a boon to the local economy. “I do feel like this will be something that will be […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant said recently in signing the Mississippi Budget Transparency and Simplification Act that its goals “are admirable,” but that it could have unforeseen consequences that might require further action. “I have instructed a working group, consisting of lawyers, accountants and budget experts, to review […]