Tag Archives: Mississippi Economic Council

Bryant wants to divert $50 million from unemployment fund to workforce training

January 30, 2015

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Gov. Phil Bryant

  Call it the “Two-Cars-And-A-Boat” initiative. Gov. Phil Bryant Friday morning briefed business leaders on a workforce development proposal that calls for pulling $25 million each of the next two years from the state’s unemployment compensation reserve fund. The money would be used to step-up the state’s efforts to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs […]

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FORBES: Mississippi needs a dose of transparency at state department of revenue

January 13, 2015

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A recent article in State Tax Notes details some transparency concerns at the Mississippi Department of Revenue that are (unfortunately) somewhat commonplace. For example, the department does not publish letter rulings, which can be useful in helping taxpayers understand the risk associated with a particular transaction. In general, taxpayers want to go into matters with eyes wide […]

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Survey of business & political leaders shows dismal assessment of roads, bridges

January 8, 2015

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Electronic voting by about 150 business and political leaders Thursday showed that eight out of 10 of those surveyed rank repairs and maintenance of Mississippi’s highways and bridges above all other transportation infrastructure needs. Roads and bridge repairs and upkeep won out over such pursuits as expanding the state’s highway system and upgrading airports and […]

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Bryant signs tax apportionment bill MEC says will help fix ‘out of whack’ system

April 10, 2014

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  The Mississippi Economic Council capped off its annual luncheon Thursday with Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing of a tax apportionment law the business organization had proclaimed its top priority heading into the 2014 legislative session. Bryant, joined by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, signed House Bill 799 in the corridors of the Jackson Convention Center Complex […]

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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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Economic Council promotes Scott Waller, Vickie Powell

February 18, 2014

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The Mississippi Economic Countil has promoted Scott Waller to executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Vickie Powell to senior vice president for foundations. Waller previously was senior vice president for public affairs. He is a Shubuta native and joined the MEC in 2006, where he oversaw public affairs, policy and communications. He is […]

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Road plan calls for repayment of funds to MDOT

February 12, 2014

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At a press conference this morning, Charlie Williams, president of the T1 Coalition, laid out his organization’s proposal on at least a short-term solution to the state’s lack of funding for road and bridge maintenance. T1’s plan does not involve new money. In fact, it’s the opposite — Williams and others gathered at the Capitol […]

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Gov. Phil Bryant proclaims November as Innovation Month

October 31, 2013

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Gov. Phil Bryant

JACKSON, Mississippi — While speaking today to nearly 2,000 business leaders from around the state at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual Hobnob event, Gov. Phil Bryant proclaimed November as Innovation Month in Mississippi. “Mississippi’s economy grew by 2.4 percent in 2012, marking the first time the state’s economy surpassed $100 billion,” Bryant said. “This growth […]

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Gov. Bryant to address healthcare summit in Jackson

August 14, 2013

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Gov. Phil Bryant

Gov. Phil Bryant will address more than 700 registered attendees tomorrow at the Governor’s Health Care Economic Development Summit at the Jackson Convention Complex. The summit is co-hosted by the Mississippi Economic Council, the Mississippi Economic Development Council, the Mississippi State Medical Association, the Mississippi Hospital Association, the Mississippi Municipal League and the Mississippi Partnership […]

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Panelists announced for governor’s health care summit

July 26, 2013

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JACKSON, Miss. – The Governor’s Health Care Economic Development Summit has announced panelists for the morning sessions of the event, with over 300 attendees registered so far. Governor Phil Bryant will host the Governor’s Health Care Economic Development Summit Thursday, August 15 at the Jackson Convention Complex. This event, which will focus on the objectives […]

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