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OUR VIEW: Losing with house money in Mississippi

Any gambler can tell you it’s much easier to leave the table when you’re rolling sevens rather than snake eyes. The same is true when the game is bringing new investment and jobs to a state, especially a state with limited fiscal resources such as Mississippi. The task requires a gambler’s intuition to know the right play to make, when ...

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CRAWFORD: PERS allowed to take higher risks

While you were sleeping the governor and Legislature gave PERS authority to make higher risk investments with retirement funds. House Bill 990, introduced by the vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Mac Huddleston of Pontotoc, and co-sponsored by committee chairman Herb Frierson of Poplarville, passed the House 82 to 3 and the Senate 52 to 0 and was signed ...

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MBJ Editorial: Wording can ease business worries of house bill

We’re not sure who has the edge in the balance of trade between Mississippi and Arizona. But one Arizona export to the Magnolia State — the “show us your papers” immigration legislation — should be packed up and sent back. Yesterday. We can give you all sorts of reasons why. But here are a few: >> Imitating Arizona’s ethnic bullying ...

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More road blocks equal more pain

Mississippi’s federal lawmakers who see obstruction as the path to economic prosperity might as well be down in a Biloxi casino playing the longest odds the house has to offer. The oddity is that they think this is the ticket they’ve been handed. Where and how did the tables get turned? Used to be we rose to the challenge of ...

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Bringing broadband to rural Mississippi is gaining steam

If they gave a national Internet user party and invited only 10 people per state who were a representative sample of each state, only six people from Mississippi could attend. That is because Mississippi has a 59.3 percent Internet penetration rate, the lowest in the United States. It also has the lowest broadband, or high-speed, Internet usage rate. Thanks to ...

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Arena in right place

Ben Allen ventured onto friendly turf a few Tuesdays ago to try to re-energize a campaign for a multi-use arena in downtown Jackson. Supporters made up most of the crowd of 200 or so people who turned out for the “Arena Extravaganza” sponsored by the organization Allen heads, Downtown Jackson Partners, and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Allen will ...

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State should ban stamps for sodas

Last month, the City of New York and New York state asked the federal government for permission to bar food stamp recipients from buying sodas with program dollars for two years. Should Mississippi, the fattest state in the Union, follow suit? The decision in New York was inspired by research showing that obesity-related illnesses cost state nearly $8 billion a ...

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