Supporters of ballot Initiative 42 are remaining committed to passing a school funding amendment despite a Supreme Court ruling they say will confuse voters. Earlier this year, supporters of Initiative 42 asked a judge to change the description of a legislative alternative to their proposal known as 42-A because they believe would confuse voters. A Hinds County judge agreed with that assessment and changed 42-A's title, but in a split decision yesterday, the state Supreme Court overturned that ruling. Republican Greg Snowden is Speaker Pro Tem of the Mississippi House of Representatives, and was the primary author of 42-A. He spoke with MPB's Paul Boger.
Adrian Shipman of Oxford is the mother who brought the suit before the court. She says calls forty-two-A a trick to distract voters and said the supporters of forty-two will not be discouraged.
Customers of Mississippi Power won't be seeing lower bills anytime soon. As MPB's Maura Moed reports, state utility regulators have approved an emergency eighteen percent rate increase for Mississippi Power Company for the next few months.
Social Security is old enough to retire. But instead, the social safety net -- which turned 80 today -- is still active and important to millions of Americans. In fact, Social Security provides 90 percent of the income for millions of Americans 65 and older, including 31 percent of Mississippians. Nancy Lottridge-Anderson teaches finance at Mississippi College. She told MPB's Desare Frazier that if Social Security is going to remain solvent, it will need some adjustments.