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By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation to provide state funds for students with special needs to pursue private education options passed the Senate 30-18 on Thursday. The legislation, which passed the House earlier this session, now goes to Gov. Phil Bryant, who is expected to sign it into law. Detractors of […]

Make no mistake about it, House Republicans killed any chance of an income tax cut passing the Mississippi Legislature this session. On Friday, House Republicans, who hold a majority, could have made a motion to send the tax cut legislation to conference by a simple majority vote. In that conference committee, an agreement between House […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Legislative Budget Committee on Wednesday raised the revenue estimate for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1, by $30 million. The 14-member committee, which includes Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker Philip Gunn, also raised the estimate $101.6 million for the current fiscal […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – State Sen. Gray Tollison conceded it would be a long shot to pass in the final days of the current legislative session his proposal to create separate boards to oversee personnel matters at each of the eight public universities. It would take a two-thirds majority in […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The language slated to appear on the November general election ballot as an alternative to the citizen-sponsored education funding initiative is being challenged in Hinds County Circuit Court. Adrian Shipman of Oxford, a mother of two in the Oxford School District, filed the challenge Tuesday, claiming […]

By Bobby Harrison and Errol Castens Daily Journal JACKSON – The Board of Trustees of state Institutions of Higher Learning late Monday reaffirmed its decision not to renew the contract of University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones, while the opposition to that decision grew in intensity. The board met in executive decision for about an […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – During a recent meeting of the Senate Education Committee, where members confirmed the nominations of Karen Elam of Oxford and Johnny Franklin of Bolton to the state Board of Education, both nominees were asked their thoughts on pre-kindergarten education. Both said they believed strongly that pre-K […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The efforts of Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Speaker Philip Gunn and Gov. Phil Bryant to pass a tax cut during the 2015 legislative session appear to have died a quiet and uneventful death Friday. Friday was the deadline to reconsider the vote by which the House […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – It’s now likely that Mississippians will soon no longer have to get inspection stickers for their vehicles. The state House on Thursday approved 112-7 and sent to Gov. Phil Bryant legislation that would eliminate the program. The effective date would be July 1, and Rep. Steve […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Glenn McCullough Jr., the former mayor of Tupelo and chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority, is one step away from confirmation for a post on the Board of Trustees of state Institutions of Higher Learning. McCullough’s nomination was approved Thursday by the Senate Universities and Colleges […]