Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Education group cheers as Dems sink tax cut bill; backers say families, businesses hurt

A $555 million tax cut for Mississippi appears down for the count after Democrats decided Wednesday competing financial needs outweighed the benefits of reducing  income taxes for some brackets and cutting business and franchise taxes. The cut would have been the largest in state history, according to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who had called it a timely “pay raise” for […] [...]

Most businesses already have guidelines in place if same-sex marriage becomes law

By LISA MONTI  If and when Mississippi allows same-sex marriage, employees at large companies in the state likely won’t see any changes in their insurance and employee benefits. That’s because major automakers, aerospace companies and others already offer equality benefits plans. “When you look at some of the top private sector employers in Mississippi like […] [...]

House puts open hospital meetings and records back on track

by Published: March 11,2015

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — The Mississippi House gave new life Tuesday to a push to open some now-closed public hospital board meetings and expand access to hospital records. The House voted 109-8 to send forward an amended version of Senate Bill 2407. The House and Senate will have to work out their differences before the bill could […] [...]

Deputy says Reed confessed to killing Clarksdale mayoral candidate

MARKS — A Mississippi deputy testified Tuesday that a man accused of killing Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian confessed while hospitalized. Lawrence Reed faces murder charges in McMillian’s 2013 death. Reed doesn’t dispute that he killed McMillian, but claims he acted in self-defense after McMillian, who was gay, tried to rape him. Premeditation and motive […] [...]

Jury selected in case of slain Clarksdale mayoral candidate

MARKS — Trial began Monday for a man accused of killing Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian in 2013. Lawrence Reed faces murder charges for allegedly strangling McMillian in Quitman County in February 2013, then dumping his body near the Mississippi River levee in Coahoma County, dousing it with gasoline and setting it on fire. A […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Leadership crumbling along with highways and bridges

“Somebody’s going to be killed,” Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall stressed to the Clarion-Ledger, pointing to a study that shows Mississippi has 2,275 structurally deficient bridges. “That’s what’s going to happen.”   The huge tax cut wind howling out of the State Capitol just flicked his spittle back at him. » READ MORE — MDOT […] [...]

Status of some bills in the Mississippi Legislature

by Published: March 4,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — Tuesday marked a big deadline during the three-month session of the Mississippi Legislature. It was the final day for House and Senate committees to act on general bills that had already been passed by the other chamber. Bills that survived the deadline will go to the full House or Senate for more debate. […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Gunn steals tax cut spotlight

by Published: March 4,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Phillip Gunn, Politics, tax

For the past several years Gov. Phil Bryant has pushed hard for the Legislature to adopt a rational budget process called “performance-based budgeting.”   No doubt this rational approach to budgeting – budgeting includes both revenues and expenses – led the Governor to put forward his reasonable request for a tax cut. He proposed an […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: Tax slasher productions comes to Mississippi

The Mississippi Film Office is a buzz about a new series of slasher films shooting at our state Capitol featuring Gov. Phil Bryant as Freddy Krueger, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn as Ghostface, and Lt. Gov. Reeves as the GingerDead Man. No worries, there will be no blood. This Tax Slasher production is brought […] [...]

Analysis: Lawmakers squabble over election-year tax cuts

JACKSON — It’s election year, and Mississippi policymakers are engaged in an escalating debate over who can offer the biggest, juiciest tax cut. The resolution is weeks away, with legislators facing a late March deadline to agree on tax and spending plans. It’s not clear what sort of tax cut will survive, if any. That […] [...]

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