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BILL CRAWFORD: Your tax dollars used for politicians’ self-promotion

by Published: March 28,2014

Tags: Bill Crawford, Business, column, Mississippi, money, Politics

How many of your tax dollars, if any, should be spent for self-promotion by elected officials? It’s quite common when new governors get elected to see their names pop up on all kinds of things: Welcome to Mississippi signs on the highways; state maps; tourism and economic development promotion materials; and more. But, the issue […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Debt Service is Big Spending

by Published: March 14,2014

Tags: Bill Crawford, corrections, debt service, education, Medicaid

What are the big spending categories in Mississippi’s General Fund? Well, everybody knows education is number one. Education, which includes public schools, universities, community colleges, schools for the blind and deaf, vocational education, ETV and libraries, at $2.8 billion accounted for 56.6 percent of General Fund appropriations last fiscal year. Eh, is Medicaid number two? […] [...]

CRAWFORD: Towns, counties, and state face Obamacare impacts

“Municipalities challenged by Affordable Care Act,” read the headline of a story about Obamacare provisions taking affect in 2014. “There is a lot of uncertainty about what the impact is going to be,” said one insurer. “I can, at least, tell you the budgets aren’t going to go down because of it.” It appears Obamacare’s […] [...]

CRAWFORD: Is your favorite tax break safe?

by Published: July 19,2013

Tags: Bill Crawford, tax breaks, taxes

Have you asked your senators to save your favorite tax break? Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Montana) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have given senators until July 26th to tell them what tax breaks need to be saved as they begin writing tax reform legislation. In a letter to colleagues late last month, […] [...]

CRAWFORD: Strategic, smart compromises can move our country forward

The U.S. Constitution resulted from compromise — not just compromise for compromise’s sake, but strategic compromise to achieve a much needed solution. “Just as they did in Philadelphia when they were writing the Constitution,” said former Secretary of State Colin Powell, “sooner or later you’ve got to start making the compromises that arrive at a […] [...]

CRAWFORD: Medicaid funding is not the issue

As we take this time between Memorial Day and Independence Day to remember “one nation indivisible” and ponder how to salvage that ideal, issues of the day interrupt. Viewing them through the lens of “we the people” might be enlightening. Medicaid funding in Mississippi is a big issue. But the wrong focus. Not Medicaid funding […] [...]

CRAWFORD: One nation, indivisible, falling apart

In between bleeding heart liberals and heartless conservatives abide ordinary Americans with heartfelt concerns about the future of our country. Those of us with deep roots — I am a Mayflower descendant — shudder at the rise of divisive politics and the decline of historic ideals that unite us. In between Memorial Day, when we […] [...]

CRAWFORD: Move cautiously on virtual training

by Published: May 31,2013

Tags: Bill Crawford, education, virtual training

More and more parents choose to home school their children. National statistics show the number of home schooled children grows about seven percent each year. Likewise the number of students in charter schools continues to increase, growing about 12 percent each year. A growing number of states, 31 at last count, allow virtual public schools […] [...]

CRAWFORD: Newspapers vital to communities

“Have you lost your mind?” a friend responded to one of my recent columns. That got the old noodle off in an unexpected direction. Not about the column in question, but about why I bother to write any column. It’s all about newspapers, I keep reminding myself. I was in the business long ago and […] [...]

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