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Supermarket incentives for distressed communities die in House

Tax credits have helped to bring grocery markets back to New Orleans after Katrina, including Circle Food Store on Bernard Not this year. Mississippi House members let a bill die last week that would have created incentives for supermarkets to open in under-served areas. The legislation, Senate Bill 2840, was seen as a way to stem the spread of so-called ...

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Addressing the food market challenge … Bill offers incentives for grocers in underserved areas

By TED CARTER A bill that has passed the Mississippi Senate and awaiting a floor vote in the House gives grocers tax credits and other incentives for opening stores in a vast swath of Mississippi underserved by food retailers. Senate Bill 2840 sponsor Sen. David Blount said his legislation grew out of concern among legislators the past several years over ...

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Bryant: No confusion over similar proposals on same ballot

JACKSON — Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday that “the public is smarter than most people might believe” and it’s wrong for people to suggest Mississippi voters might be confused by having two education funding proposals on November’s ballot. “I think one of the things that is condescending is the idea that the voting public cannot select between two different ...

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Legislators approve final version of religious practices bill

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers yesterday passed the final version of a bill that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices, a measure that sparked debate about possible discrimination against gay people and other groups. An early version of the bill, considered weeks ago, was similar to one that Arizona’s Republican governor, Jan Brewer, vetoed ...

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Lawmaker to push for online voter registration

JACKSON — State Sen. David Blount, a Democrat from Jackson, is drawing up a bill for the 2014 Legislature to allow online voter registration. The Legislature convenes at noon Tuesday. Blount told The Clarion-Ledger that he doesn’t believe there will be widespread opposition because mail-in voter registration is allowed now. Also, he said the new law requiring people to show ...

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Hood could appeal ruling on campaign finance law

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says he might appeal a federal judge’s ruling that part of Mississippi’s campaign finance law creates an unconstitutional burden for people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock ruled Monday that the state may require some level of campaign finance reporting by ...

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UMMC in talks to make Jackson’s Landmark home for 300 workers

Downtown’s long vacant Landmark Center is the preferred choice of the University of Mississippi’s Medical Center for a new workplace for around 300 information technology workers and other support staff. The governing board of the Mississippi Institutes of Higher Learning would have to approve UMMC’s purchase of the 340,000 square-foot building, which is on the market at a discounted price ...

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State senator continues push for state offices consolidation

An effort for Capitol Complex consolidation say Mississippi — which supporters say would save $5 million a year on office leasing costs and whittle the space state workers occupy to levels consistent with federal standards — died earlier this month. The bill authored by Sen. David Blount and backed by a Millsaps College analysis easily passed the Senate but failed ...

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The shared fortunes of the Capital City and its suburbs

Since 2011, a fight has been brewing in the state capitol over where the Department of Revenue (DOR) and its 500-plus workers are going to relocate. In one corner is Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, and in the other is Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, R-Clinton. Sen. Blount represents those who want to house the DOR in the 385,200-square-foot Landmark ...

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