Archive | October 9th, 2013

Mississippi beats all neighbors except Tennessee on Business Climate Index

October 9, 2013

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Mississippi ranks 17th in the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index ahead of all other Southeastern states other than Florida (5) and Tennessee (15). Mississippi carried the same ranking last year and had an 18th ranking in 2011. The Index compares the states in five areas of taxation that affect business: corporate taxes, individual […]

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Biloxi stadium next step: Acquiring loan, league approval

October 9, 2013

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David Nichols, Biloxi’s chief administrative officer, and city financial advisers were scheduled to be in Jackson today, following through on the city’s vote Tuesday to borrow $21 million to construct a downtown baseball stadium on U.S. 90 that will host minor league baseball games and other events, according to a news release from the City […]

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Swoope getting a nice raise in the Sunshine State

October 9, 2013

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Nobody ever accused Gray Swoope of leaving Mississippi to become the head economic developer in Florida because of the money, but his wallet is probably fixing to become fatter — much fatter — soon. According to a piece from The Associated Press, Swoope, former leader of the Mississippi Development Authority and now president and CEO […]

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CRAWFORD: Paul Ryan proposes a sensible approach

October 9, 2013

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By Bill Crawford Republican budget-master Rep. Paul Ryan emerged from self-imposed obscurity last week, speaking out on the government shutdown and looming default in an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal. His words deserve consideration: “For example, most of us agree that gradual, structural reforms are better than sudden, arbitrary cuts. For my Democratic […]

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Scientists looking to whack herbicide-resistant weeds

October 9, 2013

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Mississippi is under siege, and a thin line of Mississippians is all that stands in the way of the invaders. The Magnolia State sits atop yet another undesirable national ranking — the species of weeds that are resistant to glyphosate, a common herbicide once known as Round-up. The number of glyphosate-resistent weeds has been growing […]

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Mississippi Phosphates back in the news — this time it’s merely taxes

October 9, 2013

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Pascagoula-based Mississippi Phosphates Corp. is back in the headlines again, this time over nonpayment of taxes totaling more than $666,000. However, that’s pretty tame compared to the challenges and issues the plant has faced over the past decade or so. The Jackson County tax collector told county supervisors the fertilizer manufacturer owes more than a […]

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