The Mississippi House of Representatives will meet for the second day in a row to debate a bill to cover shortfalls in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget. MPB’s Paul Boger reports.
Taxpayers in local school districts are being asked to do more to help fund public school budgets in the state. The state's own education funding formula has come up $1.8 billion dollars short over the past eight years. In Yazoo County, for example, the state has funded the district $6 million under the formula for the past eight years. A four percent tax increase for school funding was approved for the Yazoo County School District last year. Assistant Superintendent Tom Taylor says the district still faces a budget shortfall of between $600,000 and $800,000. Taylor speaks with MPB's Mark Rigsby.
Leaders in American, Europe and around the world are still figuring out what Britain's Brexit vote means. The country's decision to leave the European Union has analysts scrambling to see what the future might bring. A group of professors from the University of Southern Mississippi is in London on a study program. We spoke with David Davies -- director of the School of Mass Communications and Journalism at USM -- about the view of Brexit from inside England.
Finding a job that pays on par with what men get paid can be a challenge for women in Mississippi. But one group on the Gulf Coast is working to change that. Biloxi’s Moore Community House recently got a $3.5 million Department of Labor grant to help women find job training and childcare so they can then find better-paying jobs. It will also let the group expand its Women in Construction training program. The program has trained more than 300 women in construction since it began in 2008. MPB's Evelina Burnett spoke with Daniela Majia -- a participant in the program.