funding

Mississippi receiving nearly $200M to fight COVID-19

More funding is coming to Mississippi to assist in the fight against the coronavirus. Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith announced an award of almost $200M to Mississippi. It’s being provided by the Centers for Disease Control to support…

Governor Reeves gives statewide coronavirus update

Governor Tate Reeves and legislative leaders addressed the public today on how to move forward with coronavirus relief. House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann sat with Reeves during the daily briefing to discuss their latest efforts on…

Gulfport to receive funding for bridge over HWY 90

Mississippi lawmakers are helping bridge the gap to secure funding for a bridge in downtown Gulfport. U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, along with U.S. House Representative Steven Palazzo, announced this week more than $5 million has been allocated…

$33 million granted for road improvements

Some roads in Gulfport and Starkville are now on the fast track for improvements thanks to federal grant funding. This week, U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, and U.S. Congressman Steven Palazzo announced the award of $33.1 million in…

Senator Wicker introduces Fishery Disasters Bill

One of our state’s top lawmakers have introduced new measures to get fishermen more relief quickly in the wake of an unprecedented disaster. The ‘Fishery Failures: Urgently Needed Disaster Declarations Act,’ or the ‘Fishery FUNDD Act,’ would reform NOAA’s Resource…

Fighting for relief on the Coast

If you walk around the Pass Christian Harbor, you will notice a lot of for sale signs on shrimp boats. This comes after local fishermen were devastated by the recent spillway opening. Although the spillway is now closed, the problems…

MDE Finalizes Teacher Pay Raise Total

In consultation with school districts, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has determined that 40,991 teachers and teacher assistants are eligible for the state-funded, $1,500 pay raise.   The number of teaching positions is an increase from the original estimate…

Mental health care services in question

Hundreds of people across the Coast will soon be losing community mental health services. Board members for the Gulf Coast Mental Health Center announced they will no longer be able to fund services after August 11th. This comes after the…

BP oil spill funding applications

Members of the Gulf Coast Advisory Board are questioning how much authority they will really have in deciding which projects will be funded with the BP oil spill settlement money. A citizen’s advisory board is preparing to accept applications, selecting…

City of Biloxi funding million dollar projects

It’s time to move forward regarding the $14 million bond money in Biloxi. Biloxi City Council members approved to receive bond money going towards projects to enhance the city. Biloxi Councilman Ward 5 Paul Tisdale said, “We gave each project…

TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION APPROVES PROJECTS

The Mississippi Transportation Commission announced today funding for 163 emergency road and bridge repair fund projects that totals 250 million dollars. The approved projects will repair or replace 200 bridges including 99 that are currently closed and another 91 that…

Funding and land acquired to help conservation

The Gulf Coast is finally getting the relief they need to help restore critical ecosystems that were destroyed in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Jackson County more than 1,500 acres of essential coastal wildlife habitat in reserves and sanctuaries…

Transportation funding for the Gulf Coast

Mississippi lawmakers deadlocked in 2018 over efforts to increase spending on roads and bridges. Over the past few years there have been many failed plans by MDOT to fix highways and roads in South Mississippi. In April, Mississippi officials ordered…

Mississippi transportation funding

Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves wants to borrow and divert existing revenue to provide more money for roads and bridges over the next six years. Today, Lt. Gov. Reeves unveiled Senate Bill 3046 which he says will increase infrastructure spending…

Senator Cochran on education budget cuts

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran is reiterating his desire to find an agreement on funding for federal programs to support education and teacher development. Senator Cochran serves on the Education Appropriations Sub-committee which held a hearing Tuesday to review the 2018…

Uncertainty regarding education funding in Mississippi

President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget includes cuts to the Department of Education, cuts that would eliminate the title II program which helps train, recruit and retrain teachers. It’s a program that Mississippi relies on and if eliminated it would mean…