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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…

Legislators To Work On Road Funding

State lawmakers will head back to Jackson in less than a month to finish the state budget. Their work will include funding the Mississippi Department of Transportation. M-DOT's commissioner says our roads and bridges are crumbling and has projected it…

Funding for Popp’s Ferry Causeway Park

Better late than never and after 30 years, Popp’s Ferry Causeway Park will finally see a makeover. Governor Phil Bryant steered over four million dollars in BP funds in order to get construction rolling at the park. New additions include…

Roadways and bridges funding plan

A 109-7 vote in the Mississippi House pushes a new form of legislation aimed at protecting the state's infrastructure. News 25’s Kendra Turley breaks down what the approval of Senate Bill 2939 could mean for roads and bridges throughout Mississippi.…

Mississippi Senate proposes education funding

State senators are offering a bill to fund public schools for the 2017-2018 school year, casting doubt if law makers will rewrite Mississippi’s school funding formula this year. The Senate Appropriations Committee amended House Bill 1502, adding back $2.2 billion…

Dyslexia funding

Mississippi lawmakers could expand a program that lets students use state money to attend schools with specialized help for dyslexia. Those could be private schools or public schools outside the district where a student lives. House Bill 1046 would add…

Underfunded Transportation System Crisis

The state’s transportation system isn’t being kept up because it’s underfunded, leaving state roads and bridges crumbling. This is according to MDOT's Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King in a Hattiesburg press conference today. He stresses it’s going to take…

Ankle Monitor Funds Cut for Delinquents

House arrest for minors could be a thing of the past in Mississippi as budget cuts loom. News 25’s Kendra Turley breaks down what that means for at-risk children on the Coast. Ankle monitors are one of the many resources…

Ankle Monitor Funds Cut for Delinquents

Budget cuts remove another vital resource for the Harrison County Youth Court. According to Judge Margaret Alfonso, youth services for the state cut funding for ankle monitors. The court often places children charged with delinquent acts on house arrest with…

Possible Change for Charter School Funding in Mississippi

A legislative watchdog agency suggests Mississippi should change how it funds its charter school board. The Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review says lawmakers should consider funding the Charter School Authorizer Board through regular appropriations. The board is…

Pre-Legislative Briefing This Morning Biloxi

The 2017 legislative session is just one month away and this morning lawmakers from the coast met with members of the local business community to discuss some of the major topics expected on the legislative agenda. The possible re-write of…

Public Input On School Funding

Today, state lawmakers are set to hear from residents as they work to examine Mississippi's School Funding Formula. The legislature is working with non-profit "Ed-build" to look at Mississippi’s Adequate Education Program. The firm is set to make recommendations as…

Firm Hired To Study Education Funding

Mississippi's republican legislative leaders want to re-write the state's education funding formula saying they want to put more money into the classroom and less into administrative expenses. On Tuesday, legislative committees hired a private firm out of New Jersey called…

Mayor Gilich Announces Keesler Gate Funding

Biloxi Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo’ Gilich received a round of applause when he announced that $5 million is committed toward a new main entrance for Keesler Air Force Base. The money comes from the state and will go towards an estimated…

Governor on FEMA Denial of Flood Claims

Just over a month after immense rainfall destroyed some homes and businesses in Harrison County, FEMA has denied federal funding. Harrison County and Governor Phil Bryant say they’re reviewing their options for an appeal. Governor Bryant says he’s reached out…

State Cuts Funding for Youth Adolescent Opportunity Program

The state will soon cut funding for a program that works to give youth across the state a second chance. Harrison County Youth Court officials received word that TANF funding will no longer be used toward juvenile services for youth…

New Law Blocks State Abortion Funding

Governor Phil Bryant signs a bill to ban Medicaid from spending money with any facility that performs elective abortions. It’s aimed at blocking state tax dollars from going to Planned Parenthood. The organization’s only Mississippi clinic does not perform abortions…

Road Improvement Funding Stalled

A plan to increase funding for road improvements in the state by raising taxes has died in the state Legislature. House leaders were unable to attract enough support from lawmakers. Many representatives instead demanded money saving efforts at the Mississippi…

Ban On Abortion Funding

The Mississippi house is advancing a bill to block the state Medicaid program from spending money with any group affiliated with an abortion provider. The original proposal was first aimed at Planned Parenthood, but it appears to mirror a state…