Mississippi legislators have agreed on a teacher pay raise plan, and it will head to Gov. Tate Reeves.
A bill to overhaul Mississippi’s tax structure faces a critical deadline Tuesday in the state Senate, but it appears unlikely to survive despite a push from Republican Gov. Tate Reeves.
Critics had said it was nutty for Mississippi legislators to consider pecan harvesting bills during a year with big issues that required urgent attention — things like responding to the coronavirus pandemic or increasing teacher pay.
Mississippi legislators are moving into the final weeks of their three-month session, and they still need to make significant decisions about taxes and spending for the year that begins July 1.
The Mississippi House has killed a bill that would have created a state Department of Tourism. Republican Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and the Senate had proposed taking tourism promotion duties away from Mississippi Development Authority, the state agency that works on job creation.
Policy groups are deeply divided over a proposal to phase out Mississippi’s personal income tax, with some saying the change could spur economic growth and others saying it could curtail funding for schools and other essential services.
Mississippi is on track to become the first state this year to enact a law banning transgender athletes from competing on girls or women’s sports teams.
The Mississippi Senate is pushing forward with a plan to increase some of the lowest teacher salaries in the United States.
The LEGISLATURE is in session. Hold on to your pocketbook! So goes the old saying.
Mississippi senators took steps Tuesday to keep a proposed teacher pay raise alive.
The House and Senate passed separate pay raise plans several weeks ago, then they exchanged bills for more work.