By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The state’s dismal budget outlook got worse Friday when the legislative leadership met and lowered the revenue estimate for the upcoming fiscal year, beginning on July 1, by $175 million. The meeting of the Legislative Budget Committee came one day before the Saturday night deadline for […]


By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – As legislators struggle with sluggish revenue collections in putting together a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, Gov. Phil Bryant made his fourth round of budget cuts late Friday for the current fiscal year. The current fiscal year ends June 30. The second-term Republican announced cuts […]

JACKSON (AP) – Beginning July 1, people in Mississippi who commit crimes against law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency workers will face doubled penalties. Gov. Phil Bryant on Friday signed House Bill 645 , the “Back the Badge Act,” meant as a response to killings of police officers last year in Dallas and Baton Rouge, […]

By Erica Werner and Alan Fram Associated Press WASHINGTON – Speaker Paul Ryan has abruptly pulled the Republicans’ troubled health care overhaul off the House floor. The decision was a humiliating setback for President Donald Trump and congressional leaders. The bill had appeared all but certain to be defeated Friday. The roll call was on […]

JACKSON (AP) – As budget writers try to stretch Mississippi’s cash to cover its needs, Attorney General Jim Hood is chipping in $34.4 million. The Democratic attorney general announced Thursday that he had deposited the winnings from lawsuits into the state’s general fund. Most of the money came from a $26 million settlement with credit […]


By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – A bill to allow the Lee County Board of Supervisors to construct a new jail outside of the city limits of Tupelo finally passed two Senate committees Thursday and is now pending before the full chamber. The legislation, along with another bill that would allow the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, is not ruling out the possibility of the Legislative Budget Committee meeting to possibly revise the state’s revenue estimate before the Saturday night deadline for the legislative leadership to reach a budget agreement. “That is part of the discussions,” Gunn said. […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Buckle up, Mississippi, because it could soon be the law, no matter where you sit in a car. Senators Thursday sent a bill that would require seat belts for all passengers, front seat or back, to Gov. Phil Bryant for approval or veto. Senate Bill 2724 would expand […]

JACKSON (AP) – A bill to reinforce requirements that cursive writing be taught in Mississippi’s public schools needs only Gov. Phil Bryant’s signature to become law. Senators Thursday agreed with changes made by the House to Senate Bill 2273 and sent it to Bryant for his approval or veto. The measure says that schools must […]