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Mississippi House proposes strong-arming colleges over state flag

Mississippi universities that refuse to fly the Confederate-themed state flag could lose proposed tax breaks, the latest twist in a long battle over a symbol critics see as racist.

All eight of Mississippi’s public universities have stopped flying the flag because it prominently features the Confederate battle emblem, angering supporters of the banner.

The state House voted 57-56 Wednesday to withhold proposed tax exemptions to public universities that refuse to fly the flag. A top lawmaker says the flag provision is likely to disappear from the final version of the bill, however.

Republican Rep. William Shirley of Quitman wrote the flag amendment but said it has nothing to do with the current design. He says universities should fly the state symbol, whatever it is, if they take state money.

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  1. Shirley Carpenter

    The old time ways of Mississippi will never move the state forward. Yet again, government is keeping the state detached from the rest of the United States with this stigma of the using the State Flag by taking needed funds from public universities. When you change one thing such as the flag to reflect a difference in becoming a better State, that will make others see Mississippi as different from what it is and on the road to become “Great” again.

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