WLOX – Report: MS Public Employee Retirement System won’t reach current funding goals

A new study of the Mississippi Public Employee Retirement System shows the state will not reach its minimum goal of being 80 percent funded by 2042. In fact, as of June 2017, the PERS funding ratio was sitting at 61.1 percent. And that’s an increase over 2016, when the funding ratio was just 60 percent.

The report released Tuesday by the Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER Committee) is titled 2017 Update on Financial Soundness of the Public Employees’ Retirement System. A PDF of the entire report can be found at the end of this article, or you can find it online here: http://www.peer.ms.gov/Reports/reports/rpt619.pdf

WLOX – BP money debate erupts at Gulf Coast Business Council meeting

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WAPT – Former CIA director speaks at Mississippi College

Congressmen Kelly, Scalise recall “miracle” on ball field last June

 

WJTV – Qualifying deadline to run for U.S. Senate expires

WLBT – Fundraising email for Cindy Hyde-Smith raises questions by opponent Chris McDaniel

A Republican appointee trying to keep a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi has sent a fundraising appeal saying she’s supported by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

But, Trump and Pence have not endorsed Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith – or anyone – in the special election…

…Hyde-Smith’s campaign spokesman, Jordan Russell, says “the wrong draft” of the fundraising email was sent Tuesday. Russell says it should have said Hyde-Smith believes Trump and Pence will support her.

WTVA – MDE: LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT UNDER INVESTIGATION

A spokesperson for the Mississippi Department of Education confirms the Calhoun County School District is under investigation for testing violations.

Interim Superintendent Jean Ann Casey says the school district is not under investigation. She says she has been in contact with MDE and she was told otherwise.

When MDE was approached regarding the released statement, a spokesperson for MDE says they stand by their earlier statement.

State Sen. Parker presents US Sen. Wicker with Health Care Leadership Award

 

Sen. Hyde Smith Participates in ‘State of Rural America” Committee Hearing

LOCAL MEMPHIS – MS St. Sen. Chris McDaniel Makes Stop In Olive Branch During Campaign For U.S. Senate

Mississippi state Senator Chris McDaniel made a stop in Olive Branch Tuesday. He’s kicking off his campaign run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Thad Cochran for nearly 40 years.

Cochran recently resigned because of health reasons.

McDaniel met and visited with voters at Sweetpea’s Table restaurant in Olive Branch before having lunch. He says he wants people to see and know the real Chris McDaniel in person.

“The idea is to get out and meet people. Let them see who I really am,” said McDaniel.

Congressman Harper speaks to Southern Women in Public Service Leadership Conference

 

Mississippi Republicans Welcome U.S. Senator John Thune

The Madison County Republican Party will host its Spring Gala on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at The Hilton in Jackson. The Gala will be headlined by U.S. Senator John Thune of South Dakota. Additional guests include Gov. Phil Bryant, Sen. Roger Wicker, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, Speaker Philip Gunn, Treasurer Lynn Fitch and state Republican Party Chairman Lucien Smith. For ticket information and additional details, visit madisongop.org or email [email protected]