Month: May 2016

Ed Funding Bill Creates Budget Hole for Local School Districts

Politicians boast about providing “level funding” to schools, but that term is deceiving. All school districts are going into an ever-deeper budget hole, as flat state appropriations do not cover legislatively mandated cost increases that occur each year, such as the “step” salary increase state law provides teachers for each additional year of service. When each …

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Bryant Chooses Corporate Tax Cuts over MS School Children

This afternoon, Governor Bryant chose yet another huge tax break for big business over adequate funding for public schools, mental health, and other vital state services. Despite legislative leaders having just announced that they  passed an unbalanced budget – in violation of the state constitution – and despite being unable to pay the state’s bills, requiring deep cuts …

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Reeves, Gunn Admit Budget Error, Less Revenue Anticipated for FY2017

The legislatively-induced state budget chaos continues… Today, Lt. Governor Reeves and Speaker Gunn announced that the state budget they rammed through the Legislature in the waning hours of the session was based on faulty numbers. It turns out that we can anticipate even less state funding than legislators were told when they blindly voted on budget-slashing appropriations bills and …

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Elected Officials Warn of Looming Budget Crisis

As budget and tax-cut bills await Governor Bryant’s signature, a growing, bi-partisan chorus is warning of a looming budget crisis rivaling that seen during the Great Recession – a crisis manufactured by our Legislature through years of corporate tax cuts that the state cannot afford. Leaders who pushed through the tax cuts defend them as a way to “reduce the …

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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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