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Mississippi officials condemn white nationalist violence

Some Mississippi officials are denouncing white nationalist violence that killed one person and injured several others during the weekend in Virginia. “Those who practice the extremist ideals of neo-Nazism or white supremacy have no place in Mississippi. I condemn these groups in the strongest possible terms,” Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday on Facebook. “I have been in communication with ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will tax cuts ease economic distress and health disparities?

The 13-state Appalachian Regional Commission just released its latest county economic status rankings. Mississippi has 24 ARC counties with 12 ranked “distressed,” nine “at-risk,” three “transitional,” and none “competitive” or “attainment.” Rankings did not change from last year.   What do these rankings mean? ARC calculates the economic status of counties based on unemployment rates, per capita market income, and ...

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Economy, not internet, cited for drop in state sales tax revenue

By BOBBY HARRISON State Economist Darrin Webb cites economic angst, not internet shoppers, for the prolonged period of sluggish sales tax collections for the state. The collection of the sales tax, the state’s largest source of revenue, was sluggish during the past fiscal year and started the new fiscal year on an even more dismal note. The anemic sales tax ...

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Pay equity is the law, but wage gap between men and women still exists

By BECKY GILLETTE Despite the fact that pay equity is the law, studies show women earn less money than men for doing the same work. This pay gap does not necessarily decrease simply because more women are achieving “bread winner” status, said Jaklyn Wrigley, a Gulfport-based attorney with Fisher Phillips, a national, management-side labor and employment law firm. “Technically, since ...

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Proposed equal pay legislation would end “daylight robbery on the job”

By BECKY GILLETTE When women get paid considerably less than men for doing the same work, it can amount to “daylight robbery on the job,” said Cassandra Overton-Welchlin, director of the Mississippi Women Economic Security Initiative, a project of the Mississippi Low Income Childcare Initiative. Those lower wages can be especially difficult for mothers because of child care costs. And ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: Hosemann could be wild card in scripted race for governor

Most believe the script – as least for the lead actors – already has been written for the 2019 statewide elections. Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves of Rankin County in suburban Jackson and Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood of Houston in Northeast Mississippi will be the lead candidates for their respective parties for the open gubernatorial seat. There could be ...

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ANALYSIS: Top Mississippians back private flood insurance

Mississippi’s top insurance regulator and its only Democratic congressman are both ready to cede some of the federal flood insurance market to private insurers. Both Republican Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson say they’re open to proposals being considered in Congress that would make it possible for private insurers to enter the market in a big way. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Take the wheel, America, and enable more John McCains

Recited the Pledge of Allegiance lately?    Once upon a time in America school children were required to stand, face the flag, and recite the pledge each morning.   Remember how it goes?     “I pledge allegiance to flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty ...

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Natchez Trace Parkway employee receives award

Lana Lollar, budget analyst for the Natchez Trace Parkway, recently received the Department of the Interior’s prestigious Superior Service Award. Lollar received the award for the contributions she made to the department through her service to the National Park Service. She has been budget analyst since 1988, and she assists National Park Service Southeast Regional Office and other parks with year-end ...

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