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Republican Tyner drops out of central Mississippi PSC race

JACKSON — Attorney Mitch Tyner says he’s dropping out of the Public Service Commission race in central Mississippi, in the name of Republican unity. Tyner says Tuesday that he is supporting Tony Greer for the GOP nomination for the open seat. Greer is a Hinds County supervisor and former Clinton alderman. With Tyner’s departure, Greer faces Brent Bailey in the ...

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Mississippi Senate supports $555M tax cut plan

JACKSON — Mississippi senators on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed a plan to cut business taxes and income taxes by $555 million over 15 years, and House Republican leaders seem increasingly receptive to it. The Senate voted 40-11 to pass House Bill 1629 with 32 Republicans and eight Democrats supporting the bill. The measure would cut individual and corporate income taxes by ...

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Mississippi House passes bills opposing foreign law and UN

JACKSON — Some Mississippi lawmakers want to ban state courts from using or enforcing foreign law and to prevent the state from participating in United Nations-inspired sustainable development efforts. Both measures reflect concerns among some Republicans about improper foreign and international influence on American affairs. Proponents of the foreign law-measure fear courts might refer to the compendiums of Muslim religious ...

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Posey not running for re-election to Miss. PSC

JACKSON — Lynn Posey said Tuesday that he won’t seek a third term as the central district member of the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Posey, of Union Church, was elected to the three-person utility regulation board in 2007 and 2011. He served 20 years in the state Senate, chairing the Wildlife Committee 16 years. He switched from Democrat to Republican ...

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Rep. Brown says he will run for Posey's seat on PSC

JACKSON — Democratic state Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson said yesterday that he’s running in 2015 for a seat on the Mississippi Public Service Commission, the three-member board that regulates utilities. Brown, 70, said he will seek the central district seat that is held by Republican Lynn Posey, a former state senator from Union Church. Posey could not immediately be ...

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Brown: People 'sick of hearing' about inadequate education funding

BILOXI — State education leaders said at a Mississippi Municipal League school funding forum that when the state doesn’t fully fund schools, the bill winds up being the problem of local governments. State Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, said people are “sick of hearing we don’t have the money to fully fund education,” adding that next year schools will be shorted ...

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Lawmakers hammer out budget just before deadline

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers has to approve dozens of bills in the state’s $6-billion budget before today’s deadline. Representatives and senators will be getting first looks at some measures for the budget year that begins July 1, because place-holder bills, filed Saturday, were sent back to committees to be rewritten yesterday. Several dozen spending bills were passed yesterday, mainly for ...

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Search is on for next Department of Revenue headquarters

The leadership of the Mississippi House of Representatives last week rebuffed a late-inning effort to salvage a move of the Mississippi Department of Revenue into downtown Jackson’s Landmark Center. House leaders are said to have no appetite for dealing with the DOR headquarters issue this year. State Sen. John Horhn tried to resurrect DOR headquarters’ legislation that died on April ...

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Budget, budget, budget

Making it work will be a long and arduous process for lawmakers They may align themselves on opposite sides of the political fence, but Democrats and Republicans in the Mississippi Legislature are in agreement about the hot-button issue facing the upcoming 2011 legislative session. “It’s the budget, no doubt about it,” said Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson. “As it was the ...

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Study: More expense on classroom instruction = better student education

Mississippi can’t do anything about poverty overnight, but it could require accountability for current education expenditures The high poverty rate among Mississippi public school students significantly and negatively impacts student achievement, a Stennis Institute study shows. That’s no surprise. But the study also produces numbers showing that Mississippi public school districts that spend higher percentages of their budgets on classroom instruction tend ...

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