Tag Archives: Mississippi Business Journal

Best fiscal choice for state tax commission is to be in Jackson

February 14, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

I really want the State Tax Commission to stay in Clinton. Really I do. As a Clintonian, I understand the value added by having this large group of people in town every day. They add measurably to the town’s economy, but it’s also a sign of status to have this government agency within our borders. […]

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Governor, a beneficiary of government health insurance, is obtuse when it comes to healthcare

January 29, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

My first husband was 32 when he was diagnosed with cancer. Eighteen months later, he took his last breath. As sad as that is, it could have been worse. At the time, he worked for Packard Electric and was a GM employee. Thankfully, it was the old GM with great health benefits. Looking back, I […]

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Public service not necessarily a service to the public

January 24, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

In the financial business, I act as a fiduciary. That means I am required to always put the interests of my clients first. In doing so, I put my own concerns and interests at the back of the line. Politicians are public servants. I thought part of the job description was to be a type […]

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Mr. Palazzo, Devastation and destruction knows no politics

January 9, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Steve Palazzo is the Republican Congressman from the 4th district, aka The Coast. He followed Democrat Gene Taylor who served during Hurricane Katrina and spent much time and effort to get relief for his constituents after the massive storm. People who live on the Coast of Mississippi understand the grief of a storm. They’ve lived […]

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There’s gonna have to be a lot more straight shootin’ on Social Security and Medicare

January 3, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Did you catch Tom Coburn on “Face the Nation” during the holidays? Coburn is a Republican senator from Oklahoma. He also happens to be a medical doctor. This western representative is a straight shooter with sterling conservative credentials. He served on the Simpson-Bowles Commission and is well-versed in the federal budget. Unlike Paul Ryan, he […]

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UPDATED: Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves living in glass house on issues

January 2, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

So the State legislature finally decided to pony up additional money to fund PERS appropriately. Their portion will increase from 14.26 percent to 15.75 percent. Of course, had they been funding it all along as outlined by the actuaries, this big jump would not be necessary. And how will the State of Mississippi come up […]

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What to do when your parents need you most

December 13, 2012

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We’re at that stage. It’s the one where you feel the need to gather your siblings and have conversations about your parents. The trip to my husband’s home over Thanksgiving confirmed our suspicions. His parents’ health is declining, and they need help with basic needs. All around us, friends are having these same conversations in […]

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Remember, it’s only crazy if it doesn’t work

November 30, 2012

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Wonder what happened the first time someone said, “Hey, let’s build an ice skating rink in Madison?” Dead silence. Then, “Are you nuts?” Hasn’t that been tried before? Ice skating, ice hockey … do we think Mississippians will grab onto anything as exotic as ice, as long as it doesn’t show up in our glass […]

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Chaney wasted no time putting state out front

November 20, 2012

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While other state insurance commissioners sat around twiddling their thumbs, Mike Chaney moved forward with developing a framework for the private insurance exchanges for health insurance. Based on the headlines, I had assumed such work had ground to a halt, but I ran into someone intimately involved with the work who told me different. As […]

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There must be a better way to cast your vote for president

November 20, 2012

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I pay my bills online through my local bank account. When I want to make a deposit into my brokerage account, I snap a picture of the check on my phone. A click of a button and large sums of money move through cyberspace. I place investment trades online, and I shop online, inputting my […]

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