Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Crowded field lines up for Jackson mayoral election

JACKSON — The race to fill out the remaining three years of the late Chokwe Lumumba’s mayoral term is likely to be a blend of familiar and fresh faces. Three-term Jackson mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., who lost in the 2013 Democratic primary, announced yesterday that he will seek to reclaim his former seat. It would […] [...]

Big job ahead for state economists in assessing business incentives

by Published: March 7,2014

Tags: Business, JACKSON, Legislature, Mississippi, Politics

The University Research Center and its economists are accustomed to analyzing the effectiveness of incentives for specific economic development projects. They are about to enter some more challenging analysis territory. The Legislature is on the verge of requiring periodic evaluations of the value of tax credits, sales tax rebates and other incentives the Mississippi Development […] [...]

Bills requiring evaluation of incentives make progress

by Published: March 7,2014

Tags: Business, Legislature, Mississippi, Politics

House and Senate bills that mandate evaluations of the return Mississippi gets on its tax credits, sales tax rebates and other economic development incentives have passed their respective bodies unanimously and now await conference committee action. The idea is to gauge how well they create jobs and other economic benefits in exchange for the costs […] [...]

Bills to force ‘convincing’ need before using alternative tax methods clear key committees

Mississippi legislators are moving ahead with plans to raise the bar on the state Department of Revenue’s use of alternative tax methods. Though the two Republican-sponsored bills clear key committee votes Tuesday, whether the measures make it to conference committee is far from certain. And what any final bill that comes out conference would look […] [...]

Ex-Democrat Taylor cleared to run in primary as Republican

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Former Democratic Mississippi congressman Gene Taylor will stay on the Republican primary ballot opposing incumbent U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo. After a closed meeting of the state Republican executive committee yesterday, Chairman Joe Nosef said members voted 25-10 to certify Taylor’s place on the June 3 ballot. Taylor was elected to the […] [...]

MEC disputes DOR’s costs estimate on business tax bills

A price tag of $7.5 million this year and $25 million next year accompany a pair of pro-business tax apportionment bills that have cleared Mississippi’s House and Senate with overwhelming support. The Republican-sponsored measures, HB 799 and SB 2487, force the Department of Revenue’s to justify basing a multistate company’s taxes on revenue generated in […] [...]

SoS fielding questions about voter ID cards

JACKSON — Some circuit clerks around the state have contacted the Secretary of State’s Office regarding the number of individuals attempting to obtain a Mississippi Voter ID card when they already have an acceptable form of voter ID. “Only Mississippi voters who lack an acceptable form of voter ID are eligible for a Mississippi voter […] [...]

What now? Task force offers no answers to road/bridge issue

by Published: January 31,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, money, Politics, transportation

Last week, the Mississippi Senate task force that began work last year charged with coming up with funding alternatives to repair the state’s roads and bridges wrapped up its work without offering any solutions. In the summary of its report, the task force noted that the Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) […] [...]

School board members could face elections in 2016

JACKSON — Mississippi House members are trying again to pass legislation that would require school board members to be elected. But they’re willing to let voters decide on electing or appointing local school superintendents. The House Education Committee voted yesterday to require school board members to be elected starting in 2016. The panel also voted […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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