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Analysis: Legislative transparency a matter of perspective

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS A Republican leader of the Mississippi House says the Legislature operates more transparently now than ever. But a longtime Democratic senator says the Legislature falls short of even its own past practices of conducting public business out in the open. House Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden of Meridian and Sen. Hob Bryan of Amory presented contrasting views ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Good policies without adequate funding won’t close skills gap

BILL CRAWFORD Years before Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, conservatives would regularly tune in to hear Paul Harvey on the radio. Admired for his unique voice and storytelling talent, Harvey broadcast his conservative messages for over three decades. He was particularly known for revealing to his audiences “the rest of the story.” During the remainder of this year’s national political ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Entrepreneurship is the solution

Matthew McLaughlin In a LinkedIn article published by Michael Dell in 2014, he noted that between 1985 and 2005, the number of people living in poverty in the world was cut in half.  This happened to be the exact period in time when the use of a personal computer and server became affordable to a mass market.  Dell further pointed ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Reflections on five days in Iceland

PHIL HARDWICK Our plane landed on schedule at Iceland’s modern Keflavik International Airport. It was in early afternoon on a midsummer’s day. The weather was cloudy; the temperature in the upper 50’s. Unlike most countries my wife and I have visited there was no customs check-in. We simply picked up or bags and caught our pre-arranged bus to downtown Reykjavik, ...

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ALAN TURNER — The MCEE: Planting the seeds for success

ALAN TURNER The mission of the Mississippi Council on Economic Education is helping to educate young people about economics, finance, and business. There are many success stories of young folks who have been inspired to become economically literate, making important choices about their career objectives, and some who became successful entrepreneurs while still in high school. Others have developed a ...

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Analysis: Mississippi in line for savings account boost

JEFF AMY Mississippi may be making its first big deposit into its savings account in several years, but state government is still lacks enough savings to ride out a substantial downtown in revenues. The Department of Finance and Administration is still in the process of closing the books on the year ended June 30, but spokesman Chuck McIntosh said the ...

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ROSS REILY: On Sept. 11, it’s the silence I remember

ROSS REILY It’s still hard to watch. In fact, most times I will turn my head or focus on something else when the images come on the screen. It was 17 years ago that my wife and I stood on the streets of New York and watched, in stunned silence, as the towers of the World Trade Center fell to ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Special session puts Band-Aid on state road and bridge sores

BILL CRAWFORD Was that a kinder, gentler Tate Reeves emerging from the recently concluded special session of the Mississippi Legislature? Reeves said the public should note the session’s bipartisan goodwill, wrote the AP’s Emily Wagster Pettus in a wrap-up story last week. Goodwill between the House and Senate much less bipartisan goodwill have not been at the forefront of Reeves’ ...

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ALAN TURNER — A strong dash of optimism

ALAN TURNER One can certainly find many opinions about the future of Jackson, and many of these are not exactly what we might think of a “sanguine.” However, there are others who are actually positive about some of the things going on in Jackson and Mississippi as a whole. One of those is newly appointed Regions Bank executive Robert Leard, ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Recent tax changes to encourage development & new investment

GRAY SWOOPE Wilson Montjoy Recent enactments of both the U.S. Congress and Mississippi Legislature have modified tax laws to encourage development and new investment. Reducing Fee-in-Lieu to $60 Million Enhances Economic Development Recruitment Tools, Mississippi has traditionally offered incentives for economic development, recognizing that new and expanding industries bring jobs and increased tax revenues, but that Mississippi must compete for ...

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