POLITICS
Mississippi Senators vote for border security bill
Alex Paton
February 15, 2019
Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith voted to fully fund government operations through an appropriations package that makes strong investments in border security and funds other priorities for Mississippi. President Donald Trump recently announced his plan...
Wicker, Hyde-Smith commend passage of HBCU Partnership Act
Brittany Land
February 14, 2019
The U.S. Senate approved legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith to strengthen partnerships between federal agencies and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including institutions in Mississippi. The HBCU PARTNERS (Propelling...
Senate passes bill to extend ESA program
Steven Gagliano
February 14, 2019
The lone bill dealing with the state’s ‘Special Needs Education Scholarship Account’ program (ESA) has passed the Senate.  While several other bills regarding funding and space for the program were introduced, they died in the...
PERS rules in favor of retirees running for legislature
Alex Paton
February 14, 2019
The Public Employees Retirement System Board (PERS) has voted to allow retirees to serve in the state legislature while keeping their retirement benefits. Attorney General Jim Hood issued an opinion on November 29 confirming that retired state...
MDHS announces early issuance of SNAP benefits
Alex Paton
February 14, 2019
With a second government shutdown looming, President Trump is expected to sign a deal that would keep the government open. The previous shutdown lasted for 35 days and Mississippi saw some effects of the shutdown. The...
Senate unanimously passes teacher pay raise
Steven Gagliano
February 13, 2019
The teacher pay raise bill has passed the Senate.  By a unanimous vote, the Senate passed the bill that would raise teacher salaries by $1,000 over a two-year phase-in period, and the raise would come...
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