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UPDATED: State’s Chamber disputes DOR’s costs estimate on business tax bills

February 19, 2014

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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 […]

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DOR issues advisory to businesses on Jackson’s new higher sales tax

February 17, 2014

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The new City of Jackson 1 percent sales tax goes into effect March 1 and applies to activities subject to the 7 percent (or more) retail sales tax with certain exceptions, including most groceries. Businesses should begin collecting the 1 percent additional tax from their customers on March 1. The Mississippi Department of Revenue advises […]

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MDEQ: Claim of incomplete permit review for silicon plant a ‘guise’ by competitor

February 17, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — The head of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says an Alabama silicon manufacturer’s claim the state agency erred in granting an operating permit to competitor Mississippi Silicon Metals lacks merit. Selma-based Alabama Globe Metallurgical Inc. has asked for a formal evidentiary hearing before the MDEQ’s Permit Board. Trudy Fisher, MDEQ executive […]

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UWA sustains blow as Chattanooga’s VW workers reject union by 86 votes

February 14, 2014

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Volkswagen’s Chattanooga employees have spurned the United Auto Workers, rejecting two years of wooing by the Detroit-based union in a vote of 712 to 626, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. The vote count came late Friday after three days of balloting by VW workers in the National Labor Relations Board-supervised election. Some experts said […]

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Tennessee legislators threaten VW’s incentives over company’s stance on union vote

February 13, 2014

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The crusade by anti-union forces in Tennessee, including the state’s governor, is now as much a fight with Volkswagen management as with the United Auto Workers union, the Detroit Free Press reports. Not only are Republican legislators accusing Volkswagen of backing the UAW, but some of their leaders on Monday threatened to withhold tax incentives […]

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Competitor of Miss. Silcon wants new review of Burnsville plant’s emissions permit

February 12, 2014

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SELMA, Alabama – An Alabama competitor of Mississippi Silicon Metals LLC has filed a petition to challenge the Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit granted for the company’s $200 million “greenfield” plant in Tishomingo County’s Burnsville. Globe Metallurgical, Inc. (GMI), which employs about 100 people at its silicon metal plant in Selma, filed the petition. GMI is […]

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Bills to constrain taxing methods on multi-state companies progress in Legislature

February 7, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi – Some members of the Mississippi Legislature fear last summer’s state Supreme Court ruling that bumped the one-year Mississippi tax bill of Atlanta’s Equifax Credit Information Services from zero to over $700,000 will tarnish the state’s “business friendly reputation.” To undo the perceived damage, two Republican-sponsored bills designed to make it harder for the […]

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Pear River prosecutor charged with selling “Stay out of Jail” cards

February 5, 2014

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The official in charge of prosecuting criminal defendants in Pearl River County is himself facing prosecution after charges he traded entrance into a pre-trial diversion program for money. A pre-trail diversion keeps the defendant from incarceration. The indictments against Aaron Russell list one count of altering public records and one count of committing fraud by […]

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Carter: If wondering who is paying the freight in Mississippi, check this out

January 31, 2014

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Here is something for Mississippians to think about when they plop down an extra $7 at the grocery store as state sales tax on a purchase of $100 in food: The Mississippi House Ways & Means Committee passed a bill Thursday that would restrict the state’s ability to keep companies from sheltering their income from […]

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Several hundred Miss. businesses will be affected by Obama’s minimum wage hike order

January 31, 2014

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By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Some of Mississippi’s 350 businesses with $161 million in current federal contracts will be affected by President Barack Obama’s plans to increase minimum pay per hour by 39 percent for employees paid with federal money. But just how many state businesses currently contracting with the federal government and […]

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