By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Despite talk of fraud and rigged elections on the national level, Mississippi officials say voters should have confidence in the integrity of state elections. “The election will be fair,” said Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has repeatedly raised the specter […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislators, school officials and others worked for more than two years to enact into law the Mississippi Adequate Education Program that dramatically changed the method the state used to fund local school districts. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, the primary author of the MAEP legislation and the […]


Last week, state Republican leaders announced that a New Jersey company had been hired to revamp Mississippi’s education funding formula. On this episode, Bobby Harrison addresses the move, which has given Democrats pause but has support of the state’s superintendents.

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi lawmakers are demonstrating that in public policy, you are what you read – or what you hear. Groups appointed by the Republican leadership have been meeting in recent weeks to discuss budgets and taxes. The groups are bipartisan but mostly Republican, reflecting the conservative GOP supermajorities […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said efforts to revamp Mississippi’s school funding formula will not be a backdoor attempt to expand the state’s charter school laws. “What we have done on charter schools is what we are going to do,” Gunn said, adding he wants to […]


By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Mississippi Association of School Superintendents, who often have been on the opposite and losing end of confrontations with legislative leaders, announced support for legislative plans to “modernize” the state’s school funding formula. “The future of the students we serve is too important to continue haggling […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – Mississippi’s congressional delegations remains supportive of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump even as some Republicans elsewhere in the nation have dropped endorsements or scaled back support. U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., spoke Thursday night at a rally supporting Trump in Tupelo’s Fairpark downtown. Despite some Republicans wavering in […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Mississippians earning between $15,000 and $26,000 a year pay 10.8 percent their income in state and local taxes, while those earning more than $306,000 pay 5.3 percent, according to information presented to legislative Democrats on Wednesday. The minority Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature held hearings Wednesday […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislative leaders announced late Tuesday they have hired a New Jersey-based company to study ways “to modernize the outdated” Mississippi Adequate Education Program school funding formula. While the MAEP has been fully funded only twice since being completely enacted in 2003, it has been credited with […]