By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – With the month of September quickly approaching, the report detailing Mississippi revenue collections for the month of July is still not complete. Normally, the staff of the Legislative Budget Committee has the monthly reports completed within a few days of the end of the month. But […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Premium tax credits will shelter the majority of those who purchase insurance through the Healthcare.gov marketplace from the sting of rate hikes, according to a federal analysis released Wednesday. “The tax credit will protect consumers from rate increases,” said Katie Martin, acting assistant secretary for planning and evaluation for […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves questioned Tuesday whether cuts made by the state departments of Health and Mental Health were necessary based on the funds they were appropriated during the 2016 session. State Health Officer Mary Currier, who oversees the Department of Health, and Mental Health Executive […]

BILOXI (AP) – Former Biloxi Mayor Jerry O’Keefe, who received the Congressional Gold Medal for being a fighter pilot in World War II, has died. He was 93. A granddaughter, Justice O’Keefe Duhon, told The Associated Press that he died early Tuesday. As a young Marine pilot, O’Keefe shot down seven Japanese airplanes, The Sun-Herald […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Supporters of expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, hope that recent actions by the powerful Mississippi State Medical Association bolsters their cause. The reason for optimism is the short, concise, Resolution 12 adopted earlier this month by the association, which comprises […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – As many as 70 percent of the students in math and science fields, excluding health care, are leaving the state within five years of graduating from a Mississippi university. Mississippi Higher Education Commissioner Glenn Boyce gave legislators that statistic Monday during a meeting of the working […]

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Legislative working groups are beginning work this week on closely studying the state’s tax structure and agency spending. The groups were formed by House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who recently presented a chart about Department of Transportation appropriations that doesn’t compute. Bobby Harrison talks about those issues this week, along with […]

By Paul J. Weber Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas – A federal judge in Texas has blocked the Obama administration’s order that requires public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. In a temporary injunction signed Sunday, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that the federal […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal SALTILLO – Case Knight of Saltillo got quite an education over the past 8 1⁄2 months. The University of Mississippi rising senior took on three internships with U.S. congressmen at the U.S. Capitol. He had a front row seat to the work of putting ideas into law and helping […]