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. The comments by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn came a day after voters defeated Initiative 42, a citizen-sponsored education proposal that […]
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 raise of around $2,750 over the following two years, assuming money is available. Teachers in their first five years would get the raises automatically, while […]
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.
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.
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 Capitol on July 3, say they will seek legislation to ratify covering more low income adults in the 2013 Legislature. “We, the members of the […]
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 Moss Point had criticized Gunn from the floor during the 2012 session, after House and Senate leaders declined to contribute $800,000 in state money to […]