By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The fight over how and whether to provide additional funds for the state’s roads and bridges has led to the specter that the Mississippi Department of Transportation will not be funded during the 2017 session for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1. On Monday, […]


By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Okolona Municipal School District will not be merged with the Chickasaw County and Houston Municipal school districts under an agreement worked out by House and Senate leaders. The conference report was filed late Monday night to merge the Chickasaw and Houston districts, but maintain Okolona […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – If you are not registered to vote and want to cast a ballot during May’s municipal primary elections, best stroll down to city hall or the courthouse this week. Unregistered voters face a Saturday deadline to get themselves on the rolls in time to gain eligibility to participate […]


On the heels of another round of budget cuts, state leaders over the weekend reached a budget agreement for the next fiscal year – and it will mean even more cuts. Bobby Harrison breaks it down in this week’s Capitol View webcast, plus he looks at where things stand with bond bills and transportation funding.

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a law banning sanctuary cities and other policies that might help people who have entered the country illegally. In signing the law Monday, the Republican governor said he’s also looking for other ways the state can cooperate with federal agencies to arrest people […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The budget proposal agreed to by Republican legislative leadership late Saturday night and that the full Legislature is in the process of passing is about $329.1 million less than what was appropriated by the 2016 Legislature. The Legislature faces a deadline of midnight Monday to pass […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi’s governor, after serving as a campaign surrogate for Donald Trump, continues to provide high profile support for the new president. Republican Phil Bryant is voicing support for plans to overhaul federal health care funding and to restrict immigration, and has touted his connections to the new leadership. […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The budget agreement reached late Saturday will force nearly every state agency to absorb cuts for the upcoming fiscal year on top of the four rounds of cuts Gov. Phil Bryant already has made for the current fiscal year. “It is mighty ugly,” said House Pro […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Nine-term state Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, known for his colorful and often blunt oratory, announced on the Mississippi House floor Friday morning that he has been diagnosed with dementia. Holland took a point of personal privilege to make the announcement. The 61-year-old Tupelo funeral home director […]