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CRAWFORD: Is your favorite tax break safe?

July 12, 2013

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By Bill Crawford Have you asked your Senators to save your favorite tax break? Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Montana) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have given senators until July 26th to tell them what tax breaks need to be saved as they begin writing tax reform legislation. In a letter to colleagues […]

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CRAWFORD: Is a taint of tyranny infecting our Medicaid standoff?

May 15, 2013

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The dictionary defines “tyranny” as oppressive power exerted by government. Founder Thomas Jefferson warned “Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” Is a taint of tyranny infecting our Medicaid standoff? Compare the Senate’s actions with those […]

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CRAWFORD: Truth management (like recent NRA study) manipulates beliefs

April 18, 2013

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Since the earliest days of civilization “truth management” has been practiced by governments, religions, and powerful organizations to further their own interests. Today, the practice of truth management has proliferated to organizations throughout the United States, including Mississippi. Envision a persuasion scheme that integrates widespread publicity, rampant disinformation, and tailored “truths.” You get the picture. […]

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CRAWFORD: PERS allowed to take higher risks

April 3, 2013

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While you were sleeping the Governor and Legislature gave PERS authority to make higher risk investments with retirement funds. House Bill 990, introduced by the vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Mac Huddleston of Pontotoc, and co-sponsored by committee chairman Herb Frierson of Poplarville, passed the House 82 to 3 and the Senate 52 […]

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CRAWFORD: Is everyone, including Phillip Gunn, a RINO these days

February 18, 2013

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Republicans coined the term “RINO” (Republicans in Name Only) to denigrate other Republicans who didn’t toe the conservative line. These days, I’m having trouble seeing the line. Thought it had to do with cutting the cost and size of government, reducing public and corporate welfare, and such. Must be a different line, though, with top […]

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Bill Crawford: Gov. Bryant suggests a frugal budget for state

December 13, 2012

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Gov. Phil Bryant has recommended a frugal, balanced budget to the Legislature, saying, “We must take a balanced approach and spend only the money we have.” Highlights of his recommendation include: >> $24 million in new spending to improve education outcomes; >> $8.5 million in new spending to expand and upgrade the Mississippi Highway Patrol; […]

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Percolating with Bill Crawford: PERS has another bad year

November 9, 2012

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from Bill Crawford … It’s time for the PERS Board and Executive Director to fess up to the serious problems facing the state retirement system. It’s time for the Legislature to put politics aside and face up to these problems. It’s time for us retirees to tune in to reality, take our medicine now, and […]

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