Bill limiting AG appears dead

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – A bill to limit the ability of the attorney general to file lawsuits –...

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday that he wants legislators to make a late-session push to enact a lottery that might generate tens of millions of dollars a year in revenue. “When you’re looking at some of the challenges that we’re having and you see a revenue bill […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – A comprehensive plan to deal with what many say is a deteriorating transportation system in Mississippi most likely will not be passed during the 2017 legislative session. Wednesday was the deadline for such a proposal to pass at least one chamber of the Legislature. While the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – When Blake Wilson came to the state to head up the Mississippi Economic Council, he often joked he was from tiny Delaware that had three counties – and only two at high tide. But Tupelo businessman Jack Reed Jr. says Wilson is retiring from his position […]

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, foreground, looks into the House chamber gallery after delivering his State of the State address Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant has announced his fifth round of budget cuts in less than 14 months – the first reductions to impact kindergarten through 12th grade education. The second-term Republican announced the cuts – $43 million – via social media Tuesday around lunch. He stressed on […]

Daily Journal The entry of local minister and activist James Hull as a candidate in municipal elections means a rematch is coming for the voters of Tupelo’s Ward 3. Hull qualified Tuesday as a Democratic candidate. Incumbent Ward 3 Councilman Travis Beard is seeking re-election as a Republican. Beard and Hull were among seven candidates […]

JACKSON (AP) – Mississippi senators want more industrial projects to qualify for property tax breaks. Senate Bill 2939, which passed the Mississippi Senate on Tuesday, lowers the threshold to qualify for a fee in lieu of taxes from $100 million to $60 million. Under such an arrangement, the Mississippi Development Authority negotiates a tax rate […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – A Mississippi House chairman says he is backing off a proposal that could have led to higher gasoline and cigarette taxes. The Ways and Means Committee passed House Bill 1733 on Monday. It included vague provisions that could have been updated later with those specific tax increases. […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – In 2013, a then 37-year-old attorney with no political experience garnered a strong electoral majority to become the All-America City’s first Democratic mayor in 28 years, even as voters simultaneously installed a Republican supermajority on the City Council. With Jason Shelton now seeking re-election to a second term […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – State Treasurer Lynn Fitch said requiring the teaching of financial literacy in the public schools and requiring equal pay for women can help break the long cycle of poverty in Mississippi. “It is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue. It is a right thing […]