Monthly Archives: April 2010

A Titanic Miss

Nothing titanic leaped out of the consultant’s report on school district consolidation. The Governor’s “Blue Ribbon Commission” heard recommendations to consolidate 18 districts – 14 of them because of small size, low scores, and high admin costs; four because of … Continue reading

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Bold Steps Not Taken

Back in November, facing multi-year budget cuts, Governor Haley Barbour proposed bold steps to reorganize and rightsize Mississippi government. Among them were 18 proposals to close, move, merge, and de-fund agencies and institutions. The Legislature reconvened this week to finalize … Continue reading

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Pen ‘Em Up, Line ‘Em Up, Push ‘Em Through

“Fixing Education,” began the headlines. Yeah, let’s grab our tools and go fix education! Oh, that’s not what they meant? Well, send in the technicians, experts, and politicians to fix it. If only it were so simple. Tools can fix … Continue reading

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Mississippi Budget at Turning Point?

Twist and twirl around the turning points. How do all those ballerinas keep from bumping into each other? A number of critical turning points occurred last month. But, they’re likely to bump into each other with consequences for Mississippi. Let’s … Continue reading

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Golllllleeee, Shenanigans Stall Safeguards

The Governor’s budget cuts near $500 million. Furloughs and layoffs loom. Medicaid reimbursements are going down. State retirement moves to 30 years service. Unemployment hovers at 12%. Others have it worse. Michigan, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin, Arizona, … Continue reading

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