Reeves receives NRA endorsement

 

Reeves campaign releases new ad for Governor

 

Foster follow ‘Billy Graham Rule’ to respect wife, campaign denies female reporter request to travel alone with candidate

 

WTOK – Mississippi sees revenue increase in most recent budget year

Mississippi government collected nearly 5% more money during the state budget year that recently ended than it did the year previous year.

Newly released information from the Legislative Budget Office shows that’s an increase of about $278 million.

Total state revenue was nearly $6 billion during fiscal 2019, which ended June 30. It was about $5.7 billion in 2018.



Gov. Bryant endorses Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King’s re-election bid

 

Baker receives NRA endorsement

 

WLOX – Gov. Bryant: $500k approved for testing Mississippi’s offshore waters

Gov. Bryant: $500k approved for testing Mississippi’s offshore watersMississippi Governor Phil Bryant is allocating some state funds to help pay for the cost of testing and monitoring the waters of the Mississippi Sound during the recent algae bloom.

Tuesday, the governor announced on Twitter that he approved $500,000 from the State’s GOMESA allocation to go to the University of Southern Mississippi for water testing.

The Mississippi Beach Monitoring Program regularly tests the offshore waters for bacteria levels, and through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issues public health advisories when appropriate.



NEWSMS – Pickering receives National State Auditors Association Leadership Award

Mississippi Veterans Affairs Executive Director Stacey Pickering was recently awarded the William Snodgrass Distinguished Leadership Award by the National State Auditors Association (NSAA). During their annual June meeting in Cherokee, North Carolina, Pickering was given the honor for his leadership as the state auditor of Mississippi.

Pickering served as NSAA’s president in 2017-2018, was a member of the U.S. Comptroller General’s Domestic working group, and was recognized as a champion for improving state government accountability and transparency during his three terms as Mississippi’s State Auditor. The Mississippi Office of the State Auditor received the NSAA Excellence in Accountability Award in 2012 for their work on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). 

Pickering accepted the award by video, as he is currently deployed to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, supporting U.S. Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa. 

CLARION LEDGER – Sid Salter: Neshoba County Fair 2019 political heat should include more than the thermometer

There will be just over seven hours of political speaking at the 2019 Neshoba County Fair, but most of the attention will focus on a half-hour on Thursday morning, a half-hour on Thursday afternoon, and a half-hour or so on Wednesday afternoon.

Gubernatorial contenders Tate Reeves, Jim Hood, and Bill Waller Jr.speak back-to-back between 10:10 to 10:40 a.m. on Thursday. The Attorney General contenders speak Thursday afternoon back-to-back. The secretary of state candidates will speak back-to-back on Wednesday.

Wicker, Hyde-Smith announces $13 million for Mississippi airport improvements

 

WTVA – City of Houston votes in favor to buy and sell alcohol in town

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN – Mississippi environmental board approves air quality permit for Enviva wood pellet plant

An Enviva pellet plant in Ahoskie, NC. Enviva owns seven plants around the Southeast and plans to build its newest in Lucedale. The new facility is expected to be the largest wood pellet plant in the world.A state environmental board on Tuesday approved the air quality permit for what could be the largest wood pellet plant in the world, opening the door for the controversial southeast Mississippi facility to break ground later this summer.

Environmental groups and other opponents of the plant, proposed by Maryland-based Enviva, raised concerns in recent months about dust and other air contaminants that would be emitted by the facility, and a lack of state-mandated controls. But the Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit Board unanimously signed off on the permit with little discussion.

State leaders, including Gov. Phil Bryant and Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson, say the plant will be an economic boon for Lucedale and George County, and boost a struggling timber market in the southeast corner of the state. The state and George County have offered the company millions of dollars in tax breaks and other financial assistance.