WTOK – Lawmakers hold budget hearings
Mississippi lawmakers are starting to look at agencies’ budget requests for the coming year.
The Joint Legislative Budget Committee is holding public hearings Monday. It’s an early step in writing a state spending plan for the 2020 budget year, which begins in July.
Mississippi’s current budget is just over $6 billion. The budget office says that for first two months of the fiscal year, state revenue was $17.8 million, or 2.6 percent, higher than predicted.
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DAILY JOURNAL – Mississippi school leader focuses on preschool, teacher help
State schools Superintendent Carey Wright focused her pitch to lawmakers Monday on more money for state-funded preschool and more ways to improve teaching and school leadership, barely glancing over the state’s underfunded school formula.
Wright asked lawmakers to provide more money for public-private preschool networks, coaches to improve reading instruction, a new statewide computer data system and efforts to help superintendents and principals. Those various proposed increases would cost about $11.5 million. She said that improving test scores and graduation rates show lawmakers are getting a good return on previous spending and should keep investing.
She only briefly mentioned the cost to fully-fund Mississippi’s K-12 funding formula, which would require a projected additional $250 million on top of the $2.2 billion the state is spending this year. Wright is required by law to ask for full funding, but the state Supreme Court has ruled lawmakers aren’t required to follow a law demanding they appropriate the full amount.
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#MSSen: Hyde-Smith hits McDaniel over Trump comments as White House says it was “insulting”
I know our president, and the only person making decisions for Donald Trump is Donald Trump. If @SenatorMcDaniel believes @realDonaldTrump is so easily manipulated, how can we trust him to support the president’s agenda? ??? pic.twitter.com/EOWKfwiT9D
— Cindy Hyde-Smith (@cindyhydesmith) September 17, 2018
#MSSen: Espy interviews with Glaude on ‘Words Matter’ podcast
Enjoyed talking with @Elise_Jordan & @esglaude on @wordsmatterinc about issues directly affecting MS voters #EspyForSenate https://t.co/0Uxh3HgqUo
— Mike Espy (@espyforsenate) September 17, 2018
#MS04: Anderson kicks off ‘People’s Tour’
The J-Train has left the station! #MS04 we are coming to meet you!! Look for our campaign bus on the road and pulling into your town soon.
If you see the bus, give us a honk honk or a shout-out on social media. #ThePeoplesTour #Onward #beepbeep #JerameyForMS pic.twitter.com/j4HYLEpBXG
— Jeramey Anderson for Congress (@JerameyForMS) September 17, 2018
WJTV – DPS Commissioner speaks on Nike controversy
AG Hood urges Congress to reauthorize Violence Against Women Act
AG Hood joins other Attorneys General in urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
Read –> https://t.co/8swrfhdyiN pic.twitter.com/8tDpJ5jSfq
— Jim Hood (@AGJimHood) September 17, 2018