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State Bond Commission has wrong priorities

It was reported last week that the State Bond Commission recently approved certain bond-funded projects approved by the state Legislature. Some of them are: $3.8 million for “various tourism projects;” $2.8 million for Ohr-O’Keefe Museum (under reconstruction in Biloxi); $2.5 million for Mississippi Children’s Museum (under construction in Jackson); $1 million for Mississippi Museum of Art; $700,000 Mississippi Heritage Fund; ...

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Dudley seems to have the right stuff

To listen to Bob Dudley, it would seem he understands the magnitude of destruction that has been thrust upon the Gulf Coast because of the failings of his company. It’s also amazing that the Hattiesburg native will become the CEO of British Petroleum on Oct. 1, hopefully having a positive impact on so many that have been hurt by the ...

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Altering tort reform is bad

Mississippi’s Supreme Court is weighing a case that threatens to undermine the state’s efforts to rein in lawsuit abuse. Earlier last  month, as the Greenwood Commonwealth recently pointed out in an editorial, the justices heard arguments about a civil judgment in a Humphreys County case that left both sides unhappy. In 2008, a jury awarded Ronnie Lee Lymas $4.17 million ...

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All for the budget’s sake

On the face of it, you understand what Gov. Haley Barbour has done with across-the-board budget cuts in the face of dwindling sales tax revenues in the last couple of years. When you dig deeper, though, you see the state is sacrificing its future to stay in the black so Barbour can boast that he kept the state out of ...

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The only way out is up

An Ole Miss public policy assistant professor who hopes to make a documentary film about how poverty affects education discovered something interesting in his research. As the professor, Eric Weber, explained it to The Oxford Eagle, many low-income students who have succeeded in higher education told him stories of adults — including teachers and guidance counselors — who warned them ...

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Gulf economy worth waiting on review

Most oil companies will not be affected by a six-month moratorium on off-shore oil drilling in the wake of the Deep Horizon oil rig explosion and subsequent spill. Officials with Natchez’s Callon Petroleum, which has deepwater wells in the Gulf of Mexico, have recently said they don’t have immediate plans that will be affected by the moratorium and the company ...

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Economic development?

In one of the poorest states in the Union, Mississippians are constantly talking about economic development. We clearly need all the help we can get. Nationally, with the last couple years of stimulus money, the government has made many — sometimes disputed — claims that it has “created” jobs. Currently in Mississippi, the biggest proposed economic development project is the ...

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Flowers sets business back 20 years

Mississippi state Sen. Merle Flowers, R-Southaven, has sponsored the most anti-business bill to be introduce into the Legislature in 20 years. Mississippi senators recently voted to join Tennessee in allowing handgun-permit holders to carry their guns in most Mississippi parks, as well as restaurants and other locations. The National Rifle Association-backed legislation, sponsored by Flowers, originally covered only parks but ...

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Agriculture is a real business, needs real help

Agriculture in Mississippi is an almost after thought these days in Washington. Despite the fact that Mississippi farmers lost nearly $500 million last year because of torrential rains and floods, policy makers in Washington do not feel the need to provide aid. In an exclusive story in today’s Mississippi Business Journal, the agriculture relief backers in the Senate, including the ...

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Educators should follow lead on pay

What a great idea. While the Mississippi Legislature won’t shrink anytime soon, lawmakers may actually temporarily cut their own pay. Senators killed a bill last week that proposed reducing the Senate from 52 members to 47 and the House from 122 members to 110, beginning in January 2012. A short time later, however, the Senate voted 39-2 to pass a ...

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