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Rep. Bennie Thompson noted in 'Funds for Favors' report

A new report called “Funds for Favors” authored by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asserts that heading a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives brings rewards beyond the chance to write important bills. The group found that as House members grow in power and seniority, the industries they are responsible for regulating steer more and more ...

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What next for banks after failed debit fee experiment?

Dead in a near blink of an eye. That’s how history will chronicle the big idea banks had for ginning up revenue through a monthly fee to customers for debit-card transactions. Perhaps you can blame awful timing. Parks in cities across the nation began filling up with protests against Wall Street and the banking system at about the same time ...

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Race on for Jackson hotel Go-Zone bonds; some councilmen want new developer bids

TCI Realty of Dallas, a prospective partner with the City of Jackson on a convention center hotel, is racing the clock to gain a $70.1 million share of Mississippi’s tax-exempt Gulf Opportunity Zone bonds before they expire Dec. 31. Meanwhile, the nearly $100 million project faces a council increasingly skeptical about inheriting a development partner from a previous mayoral administration ...

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CARTER: 'Personhood' amendment gone but not forgotten for Bryant, Romney

The landslide defeat of Mississippi’s so-called “Personhood” amendment is being hailed nationally as a huge victory for women in the Magnolia State. But for Gov.-elect Phil Bryant and GOP presidential nomination candidate Mitt Romney, the amendment will remain a reminder of the dangers of pandering. Confident in the passage of Initiative 26, Bryant proclaimed at a campaign rally in Northern ...

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Jackson council likely to grant Occupiers 24/7 Smith Park permission

Occupy Jackson protesters may find the majority of Jackson City Council members receptive to giving them special permission to remain in Smith Park around the clock, thus ending the nightly migrations to the sidewalk on the west side of Congress Street. The Occupy Jackson group, entering its second month in the park, had planned to stay in the park overnight ...

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Nutt fired, our problems solved

It is a major development, one certain to make Mississippians feel secure about their future. Have we found a cure for our ever-growing obesity rate in this state? Found a way to get off the bottom of every education ranking in the land? Discovered a way to fix our ailing economy and get people back to work? >> RELATED STORY: ...

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Big dollars await states with cyber sales tax collections

You can bet a $300 million windfall would cheer up Mississippi’s Revenue Estimating Committee when it convenes this month to set estimates on state collections of taxes and fees. The $300 million is the National Conference of State Legislatures’ estimate on the amount of money Mississippi loses each year by not taxing certain online and catalog sales. So why not ...

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Online sales tax collections would entail revamp of state system

Forcing online retail giants like Amazon and Overstock to collect sales taxes from customers would require a tradeoff that Mississippi is not yet prepared to make. On one hand, the state could gain in the neighborhood of $300 million annually. But on the other, it would need to revamp its sales tax system to meet the specification set by Congress, ...

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