Month: November 2014

Bryant Budget Fails Children

Governor Bryant’s budget recommendation for the coming legislative session provides Mississipians the perfect reason to vote for the Better Schools, Better Jobs ballot initiative next November. Announced Monday, Bryant’s budget proposal underfunds the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) by roughly $260-million, despite state revenue being at its highest level in history. When state coffers are overflowing and state leaders refuse to put …

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Governor Bryant Says No to Adequate School Funding

Governor Bryant’s Executive Budget Recommendation for the coming year underfunds the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) by roughly $260-million. While he does recommend covering the $52-million cost of the second phase of the teacher pay raise, his budget does not put a single additional penny toward full funding of the MAEP.  In the narrative portion of his budget recommendation, Governor …

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Legislators May Kill School Funding Amendment

Competing version on the ballot could doom the Better Schools, Better Jobs amendment Legislators, per Mississippi law, have the ability to place on the ballot a competing version of any citizen-sponsored, proposed Constitutional amendment.  When the current statute regarding citizen initiatives to amend the Mississippi Constitution was written and passed in 1992, it was done in a way …

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Speaker Gunn's proposed income tax elimination jeopardizes teacher pay raises and school funding far into the future.

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