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Gov. Bryant believes he’s done cutting budget this year


By BOBBY HARRISON Daily Journal Gov. Phil Bryant says he does not anticipate having to make any more budget cuts this year to offset sluggish revenue collections. “I think we are in good shape right now,” the Republican governor said recently. “We are within the revenue number.” Bryant said any issues dealing with the budget for the current fiscal year ...

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Cattle prices falter despite good news


News that China is lifting a 13-year import ban on U.S. beef is not helping prices as much as some cattlemen would have hoped. Brian Williams, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the news has not resulted in any long-term impact on cattle markets. “China was already importing beef from the U.S., primarily on the black ...

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Polo Custom Products expanding in Louisville, creating 30 Jobs


Polo Custom Products is expanding operations in Louisville, investing $150,000 and creating 30 jobs. Polo Custom Products’ Louisville manufacturing facility specializes in custom sewing, film and fabric welding and custom fabric and foam thermoformed products. The company’s expansion will accommodate the addition of new business contracts, as well as growth with several of their long-term customers. “We are pleased to have ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi needs more private sector jobs to get off bottom


For decades the U.S. Census Bureau has published data on income and poverty. Related news stories have consistently focused on Mississippi’s humble rankings. Just released statistics show Mississippi continues to be the poorest state with the highest poverty rate.   When stories about this hit the media, Gov. Phil Bryant’s director of communications, Clay Chandler, wrote this in an email ...

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MAULDIN — A day late and a dollar short: Mississippi Supreme Court underscores boorish side of ‘Gentleman’s Deal’


I’ve lived in my current home for about two years. It’s on the corner of a well-trafficked intersection, and we have a shed in the backyard. A few weeks back, I went to work and left the door to the shed unlocked – intentionally – despite the fact I’m generally aware that if you want to ensure your property is ...

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Study finds state’s revenue growth slowing

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By BOBBY HARRISON Despite the fact that Gov. Phil Bryant and legislators have been struggling with declining tax revenue and budget cuts, Mississippi is one of 29 states where collections, when adjusted for inflation, have rebounded to new peaks since what is known as the Great Recession of 2008-09. A report by the Pew Charitable Trust, released earlier this month, ...

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BLAKE ADAMS — Practice pitfalls: Minor mistakes in Medicare enrollment can lead to major consequences for health-care providers


For the vast majority of health-care providers in Mississippi, Medicare reimbursement is an essential component of any practitioner’s or institution’s revenue stream. But let’s face it — no one likes dealing with Medicare enrollment forms. The byzantine paperwork and forms required to participate in the Medicare program (each identified by a jumble of letters and numbers such as the CMS-855A, ...

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McKee appointed as Director of Mississippi Office of Homeland Security

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Mark McKee has been appointed Director of the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security. McKee’s appointment is effective Oct. 10. He replaces Rusty Barnes, who recently retired. As Director of MOHS, McKee will oversee the agency that establishes, trains and equips strategically placed statewide response teams capable of responding to terrorist incidents and natural disasters. The MOHS is also responsible for ...

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#justsayin weighs in on latest from Samsung and Lil Wayne


This cartoon from cartoonist Ford Williams plays on the breaking news about Samsung recalling the Note 7.  You may recall the Lil Wayne (rapper) series of advertisements where the rapper pours champagne on this Samsung Galaxy S7 (to prove it is waterproof).   Ford is a 2016 honors graduate of Jackson Academy where he was named Most Talented and selected ...

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DAVID WEBB — Recently proposed regulations target small family businesses with increase in estate tax

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The Obama Administration issued proposed regulations aimed at eliminating the availability of certain valuation discounts for many small closely held family businesses. The proposed regulations are promulgated pursuant to authority granted to the Internal Revenue Service under Internal Revenue Code, Section 2704, which was enacted over twenty-five years ago. The provisions, if they become final, can result in owners of ...

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