By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The 14-member Legislative Budget Committee approved a budget proposal Thursday morning for the upcoming fiscal year that is $195.3 million or 3 percent less than the budget for the current year. Key Budget Committee members – House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – A bill passed in 2011 to amend the Mississippi Accountability and Transparency Act is the reason legislative leaders had to make public the contract entered into with New Jersey-based EdBuild, a nonprofit educational consulting firm. The legislative leadership, led by House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, and […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Attorneys for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant have asked a federal appeals court not to revive a lawsuit that sought to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. State attorneys filed arguments Monday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, saying U.S. […]

JACKSON (AP) – Nearly 2,000 more Mississippians have signed up for healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act this year compared to the same period last year, according to data released last week by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Since open enrollment began Nov. 1, some 18,500 Mississippians have signed up, the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The north entrance of the Mississippi Capitol, one of only two public entrances to the building, will be closed for an estimated one year. The closure will have the most impact during the upcoming three-month regular legislative session beginning in early January when visitation to the […]


Mississippi teachers in high-performing schools could be getting a pay raise next year. On this episode, Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison discusses the School Recognition Program that would reward teachers and staff in A and B schools. He also looks at Gov. Phil Bryant’s goal of merging some of the state’s boards and commissions.

JACKSON (AP) – A judge is considering whether to dismiss a lawsuit over a 2015 Mississippi election that went to a drawing of straws. Attorneys argued Friday before U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves. John Corlew represents voters who filed suit. He says legislators violated their constitutional right of equal protection by tossing out ballots that […]

JACKSON (AP) – Republican Rep. Gregg Harper of Mississippi has been named chairman of U.S. House Administration Committee. He was selected for the post by Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Harper is the only one of Mississippi’s four U.S. House members to hold a chairmanship. Rep. Bennie Thompson was chairman of the Homeland Security Committee […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Second-term Gov. Phil Bryant apparently is not giving up on a goal he made in his first inaugural address in January 2012 – to merge some of the state’s many boards and commissions. The Republican governor revived his goal of merging some of the more than […]