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CRAWFORD: Legislative groups should target declining communities, disconnected youth

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As legislators gather in their working groups to study programs and budgets, they should also take note of long-term phenomena with significant impacts. One of these is a downward spiral that can cripple communities. It’s named “The Iron Circle of Poverty.” It’s called the “iron circle” because it is extremely hard to break. Few communities have the talented leadership and sense ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: As K-12 performance improves, what about colleges and universities?

education

Education is the pathway to success. It starts early. More children succeeding in kindergarten means more have a chance to succeed in school.       Children in every school district are doing better in kindergarten, reports the Mississippi Department of Education. “Our schools’ and teachers’ focus on literacy is making significant impact on student learning,” said Kim Benton, chief academic officer.  ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Reasoned discourse becoming historical relic in Twitter age

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“In this age of Twitter, is reasoned discourse truly an historical relic, or is there hope for its revival?” Deanna Kuhn, professor of psychology and education at Teachers College Columbia University, examined in Scientific American.    A timely topic. Almost 242 years ago, in September 1774, our founding fathers engaged in reasoned discourse. That was when the First Continental Congress ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — City and county taxes need study too

taxes

Legislative leaders, having passed one of the largest tax cuts in state history, now say they will conduct a comprehensive study of Mississippi’s tax structure.    “This session we had proposals that were just all over the map — proposals to reduce the grocery tax, proposals to eliminate the franchise tax — sales taxes, corporate income taxes, a whole host ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Responsible governance has had its day in Mississippi

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Bless their hearts. They did the best they could.   After taking care of themselves, political promises, and lobbyists, there just wasn’t much Republican legislators, with their new super-majority in the House and Senate, could do to take care of Mississippi’s real needs.    At least it certainly looks that way.   House Republicans kept their money train fueled by ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Needed — Politicians who live Biblical principles

Christian evangelist Franklin Graham is right. We need more political leaders who “believe in and live biblical principles.” “If we don’t do this we are going to lose our country,” said Graham, the son of the Rev. Billy Graham. He delivered his message last week at a prayer rally at the State Capitol in Jackson.   That “live” part is ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Universities must do even better job preparing reading teachers

education

Reading matters.   Perhaps no other accomplishment would improve Mississippi prosperity more than for all our children to read proficiently.   So believed Jim and Sally Barksdale 16 years ago when they invested $100 million to improve reading outcomes for Mississippi children. Millions of dollars and many initiatives later, the Barksdale Reading Institute (BRI) continues to push Mississippi to do ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Conservative tax plan needed for road and bridge repairs

taxes

Yes, the Mississippi chapter of Americans for Prosperity is right that we don’t need excessive new taxes for road and bridge repairs.  So, yes, the Mississippi Senate was right to kill the eight percent sales tax hike on fuel proposed by Senate Transportation and Highways Committee Chairman Willie Simmons.    But, Americans for Prosperity is wrong that we don’t need ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — “Crazy” to count on tax cuts to generate growth

tax cuts

  Mississippi tax revenues are running short, so obviously it’s time for a big tax cut. Huh? Yeah, despite a projected $65 million revenue shortfall this year, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has pushed his massive $577 million tax cut proposal through the Mississippi Senate. Reeves argues his plan to phase out the corporate franchise tax, reduce individual and corporate income ...

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