Posts Tagged ‘Joey Fillingane’

Republicans look to regroup after turbulent primary runoff

JACKSON — The Mississippi Republican Party will need to mend rifts within its own ranks after a bitter primary between six-term U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and a tea party-backed challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Cochran won a primary runoff last week, but McDaniel’s ability to collect 49 percent against a longtime incumbent could embolden other […] [...]

Session shows divide between Democrats, Republicans

JACKSON — Democrats are starting their third year as the minority party in both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature, and they’re not making life easy for Republicans. The first big House debate of the year was over a welfare drug-testing bill pushed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The four-hour fight demonstrated that Republicans have enough […] [...]

PERS director opposes change to provisions of ’13th check’

JACKSON — The head of the Mississippi Public Employees Retirement System says she opposes a bill that would make state and local government retirees wait until they’re 65 to collect an annual cost-of-living adjustment known as the “13th check,” even if they retire years earlier. “The unintended consequences of that bill would be very detrimental […] [...]

OUR VIEW: At last, funding for roads and bridges are getting their due

If you’re drawing up a list of “Most Important Things That Occurred in Mississippi’s 2013 Legislature,” save a spot for the Senate leadership’s creation of a task force to explore ways to fix the nearly one-out-of-three state highways deemed to be in poor or mediocre shape and the one-out-of-four state bridges deemed structurally deficient or […] [...]

Legislator: Internet sales tax could help fund road and bridge maintenance

At some time in the not-too-distant future, that book you buy from Amazon.com may help to provide the estimated $1 billion Mississippi needs to maintain its roads and bridges. Rep. Robert Johnson III, a 20-year state legislator and chairman of the House Transportation Committee, said he wants a sales tax on Internet purchases to be […] [...]

Highway revenue bills die at deadline

Two bills that create new revenue for the construction and maintenance of Mississippi’s roads and highways died last week in committee. A bill filed by Rep. Robert Johnson, D-Natchez, would have increased the current 18 cent per gallon tax on gasoline. It died in the House Ways and Means Committee. A Senate bill authored by […] [...]

New fairgrounds advertising bill designed to bring in revenue

Early in the last legislative session, Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith asked Sen. Joey Fillingane to file a bill that would allow for private advertising to appear on buildings at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds. Fillingane, a Sumrall Republican, did just that, the bill cleared the Capitol and became law July 1. Supporters now […] [...]

3 dozen groups OK’d for Miss. specialty car tags

JACKSON — Jerry Latch isn’t interested in shelling out extra money to express himself with a car tag promoting a particular group or cause, but he knows plenty of people who do. “My wife has a specialty tag of some kind, but I don’t know what it is,” Latch said Wednesday from the shoe store […] [...]

Litigation timeline key for Section 42 valuation fight

A key hearing this week in Hinds County Chancery Court could go a long way toward changing how tax assessors calculate the tax liability for Section 42 Housing Developments. The Mississippi Association of Supervisors, the Mississippi Municipal League and dozens of towns and cities have sued the Department of Revenue, in an attempt to force […] [...]

Agent issues

A bill that seeks to curtail the activities of rogue athlete agents and expand Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s power to investigate them is headed to conference committee. House Bill 1190 was one piece of Hosemann’s business reform legislative package. At the center of the disagreement between the House and Senate is each chamber’s definition […] [...]

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