By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The trend of declining state revenue collections continued during July – the first month of the new fiscal year. Mississippi’s July revenue report, released on Monday during the final days of August, reveals the state collected $11.5 million or 3.9 percent less than it did during […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, has turned to the Gulf Coast to fill the Appropriations Committee chairman vacancy, naming veteran lawmaker John Read, R-Gautier, to the influential post. “John has more experience and knowledge of the appropriations process than anyone in the House of Representatives,” Gunn […]

By Zachary Oren Smith Mississippi Today JACKSON – During this year’s legislative session, the Mississippi Economic Council made a lobbying push for $375 million in additional revenue to address the state’s immediate transportation needs. Alongside the MEC stood several lobbyist groups that similarly prioritized the maintenance and expansion of Mississippi’s infrastructure system. Scott Waller, executive […]

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The legislative “working groups” formed to look at the state’s spending and tax policies had their first meetings last week. Bobby Harrison recaps those meetings, which included plenty of talk about the state’s Medicaid problem. Bobby has two stories this week dealing with Medicaid growth and costs associated with expanding the program in Mississippi.

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Barely a word was spoken of possible Medicaid expansion recently during meetings of legislative working groups formed by House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to look at state’s revenue collections and expenditure. Instead, the focus of the working group dealing with Medicaid was […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Generally, there’s nothing better for a politician than spending “free” money – cash that arrived in the treasury without lawmakers having to vote to raise taxes on their constituents. But there’s already jockeying as lawmakers consider spending $750 million in economic damages that oil giant BP has pledged […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Perhaps no task is more daunting for legislators looking for ways to rein in state spending than the budget for the Division of Medicaid. The “working groups” formed by Lt. Gov. and House Speaker Philip Gunn to look at state spending issues recently took the first […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal JACKSON – Efforts to keep three health insurers in the mix for Mississippians shopping on the federal exchange have been unsuccessful. Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney has been trying to recruit a third insurer to offer policies on the healthcare.gov exchange, which will open for 2017 enrollment Nov. 1. […]

By Jonathan Lemire Associated Press JACKSON – Republican nominee Donald Trump is linking his “movement to take back the country” to Britain’s surprising vote to leave the European Union. The architect of the withdrawal campaign, known as Brexit, joined the GOP presidential nominee on stage during a rally late Wednesday in Jackson, Mississippi. “If I […]