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Analysis: Do regulators hear praises of Mississippi Power?

It’s beginning to sound like 2010 again at the Public Service Commission. Business and government leaders have streamed into rate proceedings over Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant, supporting the utility’s position. And Mississippi Power, a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., has taken an aggressive position that commissioners should hurry up and do what the company wants, instead of ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Rights, entitlements, public interest and health care

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service lists the following as the rights of American citizenship: freedom of expression; freedom to worship as you wish; right to a prompt, fair trial by jury; right to vote in elections for public officials; right to apply for federal employment requiring U.S. citizenship; right to run for elected office; and freedom to pursue “life, liberty, ...

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Mississippi economic performance ‘lackluster,’ expert says

An expert is telling state budget writers that Mississippi has had “lackluster” economic performance since the Great Recession. State economist Darrin Webb also says he expects continued slow growth, partly because Mississippi has a large number of people of working age who don’t have jobs. Webb spoke Thursday to members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, who started two days ...

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Medicaid plans to go forward with contracts after no action by review panel

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  Members of the state Personal Service Contract Review Board refused to adopt its own staff recommendations to approve contracts totaling about $2 billion annually awarded by the Division of Medicaid to three managed care companies. But the five-member board also refused during Tuesday’s hearing to reject the contracts, meaning Medicaid has the option of ...

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Mississippi legislators conducting budget hearings this week

Lawmakers are starting to work on a Mississippi budget for the year that begins July 1. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee meets Thursday and Friday in Jackson. Members will hear funding requests from the Department of Education, the Division of Medicaid and a few other agencies. Legislators used to hold extensive budget hearings throughout September to hear from large and small departments. ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — The U.S. Supreme Court Mississippi flag order that wasn’t

Marshall Ramsey’s September 3 cartoon, depicting Governor Bryant as a Confederate soldier writing home about defending the flag on order of the “Yankee Supreme Court,” is quite clever and well-drawn.  The immensely-talented cartoonist is a credit to the State of Mississippi.  This particular cartoon, however, may perpetuate recent indistinct and misleading news reports.  Counter to published reports in various news ...

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State to collect taxes on online lodging rentals

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  The Mississippi Department of Revenue will begin collecting Mississippi sales taxes and local tourism taxes on short-term lodging rentals made through such companies as Airbnb. Kathy Waterbury a spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue, confirmed Monday via email that a new regulation, which will be final Sept. 28, will tax short-term lodging rentals, such ...

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Mississippi AG joins multi-state investigation into Equifax data breach

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood joined 31 attorneys general on Friday in requesting credit reporting firm Equifax disable links for enrollment in fee-based credit monitoring services in the wake of the firm’s massive data breach impacting 143 million people. Mississippi is part of a multistate investigation into Equifax, which was launched when Equifax publicly disclosed the breach last week. Equifax ...

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Legislative leaders’ budget work soon going public

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  The long and winding road that leads to the Legislature’s finally passing a state budget for the upcoming fiscal year, beginning July 1, goes public later this week. On Thursday and Friday, the 14-member Legislative Budget Committee, led by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, will hear requests for funding from key agency heads. Speaker Philip ...

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Senator questions need for end of agency’s monthly revenue report

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal What is being called an effort to simplify monthly state revenue reports is viewed by at least one state senator as an effort by the legislative leadership to control the flow of information to the public. Earlier this month, the Department of Revenue announced it would no longer make available to the public its ...

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