Posts Tagged ‘legislative branch’

Cochran: What happened to Coast Guard cutters’ funding?

PASCAGOULA — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) wants to know why the budget request for the U.S. Coast Guard no longer recommends funding for National Security Cutters (NSCs) #7 and #8, vessels that have long been planned for the agency. Cochran questioned Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about the Coast Guard’s shipbuilding budget during a […] [...]

House passes bill intended to reduce small business regulations

JACKSON — The House has passed a bill aimed at reducing regulation on small businesses. The bill would establish a Small Business Regulatory Review Committee to examine which regulations discourage small businesses from opening or prevent them from thriving. The committee would be able to petition state agencies to alter rules that negatively affect small […] [...]

Thompson wants hearing on activities of Mo Money Taxes

by Associated Press Published: March 10,2012

Tags: federal government, hearing, legislative branch, tax, tax preparers, tax return, taxpayers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Congressmen from Virginia and other states are calling for a congressional hearing into a tax preparation firm that has received numerous complaints when customers did not receive their tax returns. Virginia Congressmen Bobby Scott and Scott Rigell joined Reps. Steve Cohen of Tennessee and Bennie Thompson of Mississippi in writing to the […] [...]

City wants legislators to approve vote on restaurant/bar tax

GAUTIER — The Gautier City Council has approved a resolution asking for legislative authority to hold a referendum on a 1 percent tax on restaurant and bar sales to fund recreation, economic development and tourism promotion. The Mississippi Press reports the vote without comment at yesterday’s council meeting is for a “local and private bill” […] [...]

House agrees to appropriate more money for governor’s office, mansion

JACKSON — The Mississippi House agreed yesterday to spend more money for the governor’s office and mansion during the current budget year. Gov. Phil Bryant’s staff said last month that his predecessor, fellow Republican Haley Barbour, spent more than half the governor’s budget before leaving office in January, just over midway through the budget year. […] [...]

Senate weighing bill to disallow state agencies from advertising

JACKSON — A bill pending in the Mississippi Senate seeks to pull the plug on all state agencies’ ability to advertise. State Sen. Merle Flowers, a Republican from Southaven, tells WLBT-TV millions and millions of dollars are going advertising programs all over the state. The bill would prevent state agencies from using radio and television […] [...]

House committee passes bill aimed at improving filmmaking incentives

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators are hoping to raise the caps on the state’s rebate incentives for film production. A bill that would make the change passed the House Ways and Means Committee yesterday and moved to the full House for consideration. The state’s current film incentives apply to feature films, narrative and documentary shorts, commercials […] [...]

Legislation could mean higher state corporate income taxes

by Associated Press Published: March 2,2012

Tags: bill, income taxes, law, lawmakers, legislation, legislative branch, Legislature, loopholes, state government, taxes

JACKSON — Corporations could end up paying around $30 million more in income taxes under changes to the tax code approved yesterday by the Mississippi House Ways and Means Committee. But it’s not a tax increase, said Rep. Jerry Turner, R-Baldwyn, who helped shepherd the bill in committee. “As this income is made off the […] [...]

Personhood opponents angry over new life-at-conception bill

JACKSON — Opponents say they are angry that Mississippi lawmakers are considering proposals to declare life begins at conception, months after voters rejected a similar constitutional amendment. Several bills would also put new restrictions on abortion in a state that already requires a 24-hour waiting period before any abortion can be performed and parental consent […] [...]

House passes beer bill; held for more debate

by Associated Press Published: March 2,2012

Tags: alcohol, beer, bill, brewers, brewery, law, lawmakers, legislative branch, Legislature, retail

JACKSON — A bill that passed the Mississippi House yesterday could lead to the sale of stronger beer. House Bill 1422 would raise the allowable alcohol by weight on beer sold in the state from 5 percent alcohol by weight to 8 percent. Mississippi has the lowest alcohol cap for beer in the country. Advocates […] [...]

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