By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi’s public schools, community colleges and universities are asking for an additional $372 million in the budget year beginning July 1, even as House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson says lagging state revenue makes large increases more unlikely than ever. Education officials made budget presentations Tuesday to Frierson’s […]

By Andrew Taylor and Martin Crutsinger Associated Press Writers WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama sent Congress on Tuesday his eighth and final budget, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives. They include launching a new war on cancer, combating global warming and fighting growing threats from ISIS terrorists. The new […]

By Jack Weatherly Mississippi Business Journal It’s been about six months since the Mississippi Medical Licensure Board said it would provide an economic impact statement linked to its proposed rules changes for telemedicine. Meantime, Teladoc Inc., the nation’s largest telemedicine provider, has introduced a set of rules of its own in a bill in the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – While an incentive package, which included the state incurring $254 million in bond debt and providing multiple tax breaks, for two economic development projects overwhelmingly passed the Legislature on Thursday, some lawmakers still lamented the cost to the taxpayers. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, questioned the wisdom […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – When Glenn McCullough took over as the head of the Mississippi Development Authority in June, Project Potter was well under way. On Thursday, McCullough stood on the Senate floor accepting congratulations after the Legislature had approved a $254 million bond project to lure German tire manufacturer […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi lawmakers on Thursday approved hundreds of millions of dollars of state money and incentives for a tire plant in western Hinds County and a shipyard in Gulfport. German tire and auto-parts maker Continental AG will invest $1.45 billion in a plant that one lawmaker called the largest […]


By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – David Baria, a Bay St.Louis attorney and small business owner, has been selected by the minority party in the Mississippi House to serve as its leader. The 48 Democrats in the 122-member House met late Tuesday afternoon to select Baria, 53. Baria is beginning his second […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON — State Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, who underwent hernia surgery on Jan. 20, has resumed his legislative duties during the 2016 session. “I feel good,” said the 60-year-old Holland, who said the surgery lasted for four and one-half hours. “I am still recovering. I am sore, still […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant is imploring high-achieving college students to remain in Mississippi after graduation and build their careers in the state. “Stay here. Grow where you’re planted,” Bryant said Tuesday during an event at the Capitol to honor community college and university students for academic success. Speaking […]