WLOX – Governor Bryant signs teacher pay raise bill

Governor Bryant signs teacher pay raise billA $1,500 pay raise will cost the state budget more than $75 million according to figures previously provided. Lawmakers could increase spending of state revenue next year by $200 million this year’s original budget.

Governor Bryant said in a Facebook post, “Good teachers can change the trajectory of a student’s life forever.”

WDAM – Sec. of State candidates Britton, Watson speak to Forrest-Lamar GOP women

Sec. of State candidates Britton, Watson speak to Forrest-Lamar GOP WomenSouthern District Public Service Commissioner Sam Britton and State Senator Michael Watson spoke at a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women.



Britton touted his success in settling with Mississippi Power regarding the Kemper County Plant, while Watson said voters should consider him because of his conservative voting record.

“In one term, I went there and we resolved that issue,” Britton said. “When I got there, it had been ten years going, billions of dollars over-budget and no end in sight. In my first (term), we brought Kemper to an end.”

“The great thing is I have a 12-year voting record that people can take a look at and study and understand hey, he doesn’t just say he’s a conservative, he votes as a conservative and I think that’s an important [distinguishing factor],” Watson said.



Bryant: Democrats did all they could to stop special needs children from getting help

 

State Rep. Anderson says Bryant, legislative leaders had to “lie and manipulate” to pass special needs funding

 

WJTV – Jim Hood talks criminal justice, economy, infrastructure and healthcare at USM townhall

Gipson supports repeal, replacement of WOTUS

 

AG candidate Baker says he will fight for the Heartbeat Bill all the way to SCOTUS

 

NEWSMS – TRACED Act aims to reduce robocalls

The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act would create new tools for regulators and law enforcement to prevent illegal robocalls while toughening penalties for robocall scammers.

The bill was approved by the Senate Commerce Committee, which is chaired by Senator Roger Wicker, and it is now available for consideration by the Senate.

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is one of 52 co-sponsors of the bill authored by Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), and she says that the bill would be a step in the right direction as lawmakers try to curb the rise of robocalls.

“There probably isn’t one household in Mississippi that isn’t fed up with robocalls, especially the spoof calls intended to trick people into giving up personal information or worse,” Hyde-Smith said.  “I think this is a well-balanced bill to fight the scammers and give consumers opportunities to protect themselves.”