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Bills to force ‘convincing’ need before using alternative tax methods clear key committees

Mississippi legislators are moving ahead with plans to raise the bar on the state Department of Revenue’s use of alternative tax methods. Though the two Republican-sponsored bills clear key committee votes Tuesday, whether the measures make it to conference committee is far from certain. And what any final bill that comes out conference would look like is equally uncertain. Mostly ...

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MEC stumping for support to curb Department of Revenue actions

The Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi Manufactures Association and a host of other state business groups have initiated a campaign they say is aimed at “reining in the state Department of Revenue.” The campaign is an attempt to increase legislative support for a pair of House and Senate bills, both of which have passed their respective bodies, that force the DOR ...

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Road plan calls for repayment of funds to MDOT

At a press conference this morning, Charlie Williams, president of the T1 Coalition, laid out his organization’s proposal on at least a short-term solution to the state’s lack of funding for road and bridge maintenance. T1’s plan does not involve new money. In fact, it’s the opposite — Williams and others gathered at the Capitol are pushing for old money. ...

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Soft-spoken steel man Tommy Dulaney well-respected in his industry

Tommy Dulaney is well-respected statewide for taking an initial $60,000 investment in Meridian’s Structural Steel Services in 1975 into a business today that specializes in building structural steel for power plants, steel mills and other industries worldwide. But while building SSS into a business employing 330, Dulaney has found time to volunteer, including serving as chairman of the Mississippi Economic ...

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MEC steps back from Medicaid expansion argument

The Mississippi Economic Council, the statewide business organization that produced a “blueprint” for Mississippi health care last year, is staying out of the intense legislative debate over whether to expand Medicaid to around 300,000 of the state’s working poor. With the issue unlikely to be resolved without a special session, the MEC will have more time to study the issue ...

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All Things Money Conference to feature MEC's Blake Wilson

Entrepreneurs will hear from one of the top economic development officials in the state at the All Things Money Conference set for Wednesday, Jan. 30. The program will be held at East Mississippi Community College’s Douglas Building Lyceum from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Blake Wilson, president and CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council, will be the keynote speaker, and ...

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Blake Wilson makes MEC truly statewide with roadshows, technology

The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) is the face of business, acting as a statewide chamber of commerce. And the face of MEC is president and CEO Blake Wilson, who will celebrate 15 years with MEC in January. “Blake is like the Eveready bunny on speed when it comes to the amount of energy he expends on MEC activities,” said Jerry ...

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MEC continues to support education in a big way

The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) has a long history of support and advocacy for education. All levels of education in Mississippi continue to be a top issue with the membership of this business and professional organization. “Without a strong educational foundation, we cannot provide the quality workforce needed to attract the middle-skill and higher-skill jobs that are coming to our ...

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State set to meet about Aberdeen school system

JACKSON — State officials have signaled they could be seeking to take over an eighth school district even as they consider fundamental changes to the process of state control, called conservatorship. Mississippi’s Commission on School Accreditation is scheduled to meet Wednesday in Jackson and appears poised to declare a state of emergency in the 1,400-student Aberdeen district, which educates students ...

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