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From "too big to fail" to too big to jail?

America’s banking crisis may be receding into history but not so the desire of everyday Americans to bring the perpetrators of the criminally induced collapse to justice. While those behind rigging the system for their own benefit may never be forced to account for their actions, the reason why they are getting off free could bring the nation a huge ...

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Status quo on Medicaid leaves state behind

Where have you been? That’s a question Mississippi’s hospital executives should have to answer as the Legislature winds down and Republican leaders in both houses refuse to think pragmatically about expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. The hospital CEOs and the Mississippi Hospital Association seem to have been largely absent from the wrangling in the Legislature in recent ...

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Debate should continue about tort awards and limitations

In a recent story by Clay Chandler, a federal appeals court has ruled that Mississippi’s tort cap does not violate separation of powers A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Mississippi’s $1 million cap on non-economic damages arising out of civil litigation does not violate the state’s constitutional separation of powers. The cap was the ...

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It will be ideas that solve problems created by new technology

The Associated Press recently moved a provocative series about the changing landscape for jobs in the United States. It made a good case that middle-class jobs eliminated by technology and the recession aren’t coming back. This is not the first time to hear such dire warnings. Imagine the fuss in the horse carriage industry 100 years ago as it tried ...

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Saving downtown Jackson and big dollars to boot

Say a cash-strapped state like Mississippi had an opportunity to save tens of millions of dollars on office space in the coming decades while injecting new economic life into its capital city. How fast would you give the idea a thumbs-up – or at least an in-depth ? State Sen. David Blount wants the state to initiate a phased-in consolidation ...

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Madison mayor, Tulane wrong to bully Jackson State

Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler would never tell McDonald’s it can be the only fast-food franchise in her queendom. Wendy’s and Burger King wouldn’t hear of it. Yet, it appears that is what has happened recently as she and Tulane University have asked the state College Board to rescind what they’re calling the “premature” approval of Jackson State University’s plans ...

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Offsets needed for Palazzo hypocrisy on Hurricane Sandy relief

That’s Mississippi, always looking out for the rest of us. So goes the cynical commentary after two-term Rep. Steven Palazzo embarrassed Mississippi with his vote last week against federal aid for Hurricane Sandy recovery. As the national media has been quick to point out, Palazzo is a taker but not much of a giver. Rep. Palazzo, as head of a ...

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OUR VIEW: Tight budget could give cover to cuts in government oversight

Let’s hope that the Mississippi Ethics Commission is correct in thinking a proposal to take an 18 percent bite out of the watchdog agency’s budget grew out of a misunderstanding with the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. Otherwise, good government in the Magnolia State is about to sustain a serious wound. In fact, a “devastating” one, Ethics Commission director Tom Hood ...

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Hope springs eternal for everyone of us

As I look back at 2012 and forward into 2013, the one thing that keeps coming to mind is hope and one of my favorite movie quotes. At the end of the movie Shawshank Redemption, Andy Dufresne — in a letter to Red, played by Morgan Freeman — writes “Remember Red, hope is a good thing. maybe the best of ...

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One year after vote, here are the results

Just prior to the state elections of 2011, I wrote a column to discuss using a scoreboard to judge how well our state leadership has done during a particular term in office. Well, here we are just more than a year removed from those elections. So now seems to be a good time to look and see how we, as ...

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