By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The decision to not fund local school districts during the 2017 regular session apparently was made solely by House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton. Gunn announced last week that the House would wait until an anticipated special session to fund the bulk of public education for the […]

By Sarah Smith Associated Press JACKSON – A former secretary of the Navy said during a speaking appearance Friday that he has questions about Russia’s involvement in the presidential election. “I want to know what the Russian intelligence services had to do with our democracy,” Ray Mabus said Friday at Millsaps College in Jackson. His […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Mississippi has a low work force participation rate, at least in part because it has more disabled people, state Economist Darrin Webb told legislators Thursday morning. The state’s work force participation rate is 56 percent. West Virginia is the only state with a lower work force […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said recently the only revenue available during the 2017 session to address the state’s road and bridge needs comes from a bill that tries to force internet companies to collect for the state the 7 percent tax on retail items. The […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Two bills advanced Wednesday in the Mississippi Legislature designed to ease overcrowding in the Lee County criminal justice system. The House approved what is known as local and private legislation that would allow Lee County supervisors to construct a new jail outside of Tupelo’s borders. A […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Senate Appropriations Committee is depending on money from lawsuit settlements made by Attorney General Jim Hood to help solve the Medicaid deficit. The committee voted Tuesday to direct $40 million in lawsuit settlement funds toward the Medicaid shortfall in the current fiscal year. Medicaid officials […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant won one and lost one Monday in the Mississippi Legislature in efforts to expand his power. The House reversed course again and sent on to the Senate by a 63-55 margin legislation that essentially would give Bryant authority of more than 60 boards […]

By Larrison Campbell Mississippi Today JACKSON – The fight over last year’s House Bill 1523 could kick into gear again as early as April. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has tentatively scheduled oral arguments on the controversial “religious freedom” law for the week of April 3. Gov. Phil Bryant is appealing […]

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A bill to rewrite the state’s school funding formula died last week, but a special session might be called to address the issue. Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison has the latest on that, plus he looks at the governor trying to consolidate power and the state’s continuing revenue struggles.