Mississippi Republicans consider school funding changes after Initiative 42 fails

November 6, 2015 in Education, News

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders said Wednesday they want to change Mississippi’s education funding formula to try to push more money into classrooms and less into administrative expenses. […]

House Speaker Philip Gunn wants teacher raises up to $4,250 over 4 years

February 4, 2014 in Education, News

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — House Speaker Philip Gunn and fellow Republicans want to give a $1,500 raise to most public school teachers over the next two years, and a projected […]

Bryant: Medicaid special session starts Thursday

June 27, 2013 in Health, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday that he’s calling lawmakers into special session at 10 a.m. Thursday to keep the state’s Medicaid program alive and funded once the new state fiscal year begins July 1.

The Republican is not asking lawmakers to expand Medicaid, which is an option under the federal health care law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010.

Many Democrats have been pushing to expand Medicaid or to allow low-income working people to use federal subsidies to buy insurance on the private market.
However, Republican leaders say the state can’t afford to add another 300,000 people to Medicaid, and they don’t want to increase people’s dependence on government programs.

Senate passes latest plan for education changes

March 20, 2013 in Statewide News

In their latest plan to improve Mississippi public schools, state senators are offering a compromise on requirements to become a teacher and doing away with a proposal to make it easier for the state to take over troubled schools.

The Senate voted 28-23 last Tuesday to approve its version of House Bill 890.

It includes the latest Senate version of charter schools, an increase in standards to enter teacher preparation and a call to flunk third graders who can’t read.

Miss. black lawmakers support Medicaid expansion

July 9, 2012 in Health, News, Statewide News

JACKSON – (AP) Black lawmakers in Mississippi say they support an expansion of the Medicaid program as part of the federal health care overhaul. The lawmakers, speaking at the state […]

Miss. House will fund travel for speaker’s critic

June 14, 2012 in News, Statewide News

JACKSON – (AP) The Republican-controlled Mississippi House of Representatives will pay for a critic of House Speaker Philip Gunn to go to a conference, after all. Democrat Billy Broomfield of […]