Posts Tagged ‘Bill Crawford’

Prison-contract task force working in wake of Epps’ indictment

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore said that he and others on a new task force have already started examining contracts awarded by the Department of Corrections as they evaluate state spending with private prison companies and other vendors. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant created the five-member task force this month after former Corrections […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Bryant’s tax cut won’t stop spending growth

Did you catch the drift of the news stories about the extra money the Legislature expects to have for next year? Andrea Williams, WTOK-TV, “Next year Mississippi lawmakers will have more money to spend.” Bobby Harrison, the Daily Journal, “The Mississippi Legislature will have $170 million more to spend during the 2015 session.” Iris Barnes, […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD — Patriots’ Duty: Keep national fabric whole

Every Independence Day, words and symbols from our Founders captivate me. There is the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…” […] [...]

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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 […] [...]

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