Texas to launch health insurance program

The Texas Department of Insurance has struck deals with insurance companies so it can launch Healthy Texas, a public-private health insurance program designed to offer lower-cost health insurance to small business owners with a goal of reducing the state’s number of uninsured people. Dallas Business Journal

Taxpayers in Mississippi to start feeling pain

THE FINANCIAL outlook for our local governments is one of painful cuts and tax increases – asking residents to shoulder a little more of the load as they enter a new fiscal year in a couple of weeks. Homeowners will be paying additional millage rates in Forrest and Lamar counties and some area municipalities, including Hattiesburg, Petal and Sumrall. Hattiesburg American