WTOK – Millsaps, MPB to host Senate debate

Millsaps College and Mississippi Public Broadcasting will present a debate between candidates running in a U.S. Senate special election.

“Decision 2018: Mississippi U.S. Senate Debate” will take place Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex on the Millsaps campus and will be broadcast live on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Television and MPB Think Radio…

Candidates Mike Espy, a former congressman and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, state Sen. Chris McDaniel and Tobey Bartee, former U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer, have committed to participating in the debate. Hyde-Smith has an open invitation to join the debate but has cited scheduling issues with the Senate calendar as a likely obstacle to her participation.

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WCBI – Gov. Bryant lays out possible lottery timeline

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CLARION LEDGER – Moody’s: lottery, infrastructure funding ‘positive’ with state finances on upswing

Moody’s Investors Service has deemed the recent special session of the Mississippi Legislature — in which lawmakers passed a lottery and funded infrastructure work — a “credit positive,” as Standard & Poor’s moves the state’s outlook from “negative” to “stable.”

As lawmakers prepare to set next year’s budget, state finances are looking up — positive movement from flagging or stagnant state revenue in recent years.

“This is great news for our state,” Gov. Phil Bryant said in a statement. “Better educational outcomes, more revenue, low unemployment and an innovative infrastructure funding mechanism will all continue to improve our rating.”

CLARION LEDGER – Brandon Jones: Gov. Phil Bryant needs to give AG Jim Hood credit for BP money

On September 5, when Governor Phil Bryant, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn celebrated the BP funds appropriation bill approved during the Special Session, notably absent was the man responsible for securing the funds, Attorney General Hood. Governor Bryant also didn’t make mention of the years of regressive tax policies and the Legislature’s infatuation with social issues that helped create Mississippi’s current budget crisis. After years of corporate giveaways, the Legislature had little choice but to apply some of the one-time money from the oil spill settlement to plugging other holes in the budget like roads and bridges.

During the Sept. 5 ceremony, Governor Bryant said, “This amount of funds into the Mississippi Gulf Coast will have a remarkable effect on the economy…because, you see, we’re going to ask you to help us to make sure that we create jobs and grow industry here, with this investment.” The tone and tenor of the presentation belied the fact that this money wasn’t a magical stimulus package brought down from Republican heaven, it was the result of a lot of work by Mississippi’s Attorney General.

While Republican leadership often seems all too eager to turn over its lunch money to corporate bullies, General Hood has consistently stood up for Mississippi’s interests regardless of the size or influence of the adversary.

Governor Bryant will never say it this way but BP made a mess and General Hood helped clean it up.

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WDAM – MS Supreme Court affirms governor’s power to control budgets

The Supreme Court of Mississippi affirmed that Governor Phil Bryant has the power to control the budget of state agencies.

The ruling comes after Miss. Representative Bryant W. Clark and Miss. Senator John Horhn sued after Bryant reduced the budget of various state agencies by millions in 2016 and 2017.

Clark and Horhn claimed the governor violated the Mississippi Constitution by doing so.

 

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