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Analysis: Mississippi budget practices receive mixed grades

A nonpartisan group that evaluates state government budget practices is giving mostly midlevel marks to Mississippi. The Volcker Alliance was formed four years ago by Paul A. Volcker, a former board chairman of the Federal Reserve, with the goal of making government more efficient. The alliance issued a report Nov. 2 called “Truth and Integrity in State Budgeting,” which evaluates all states’ ...

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Analysis: There’s no hiding Mississippi’s economic weakness

Let’s make this simple — Mississippi’s economy is weak and shows few signs of growing stronger. This is a state where total economic output in 2016 still was lower than in 2008, before the recession. Not coincidentally, it’s a state where employers had fewer workers on their payrolls in September 2017 than in February 2008. And that 2008 peak came ...

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Mississippi moves to tax internet sales, after long delay

Mississippi will start requiring some large online and mail-order retailers to collect taxes on sales made from outside the state beginning Dec. 1, even though the move could be unenforceable and trigger an immediate court challenge. The state Revenue Department filed notice Wednesday that it was enacting the rule, more than 10 months after proposing it. It’s part of a nationwide effort ...

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Mississippi tax collections decline at start of budget year

Mississippi tax collections were slightly worse during the first three months of the current budget year than they were the same time last year, an expert told lawmakers Wednesday. This appears to contradict earlier reports from the Legislative Budget Office and the Department of Revenue, which showed tax collections were 3.5 percent higher this July through September than they were ...

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Democratic candidates build campaign warchests, Kelly maintains lead

By CALEB BEDILLION / Daily Journal  Democratic candidates in Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District continue to generate modest, slow returns on efforts to finance a pair of underdog campaigns to unseat Republican incumbent Rep. Trent Kelly. The Federal Elections Commission requires quarterly reports from candidates for federal office, with the most recent reports due this week. Those reports show Kelly is ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Real conservative leaders get things done

Lots of political yammer about who’s a real conservative and who’s not.    So, how do you tell?   Lee Edwards of the Heritage Foundation’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies calls the late William F. Buckley, Jr. “the St. Paul of the modern conservative movement in America.” So, what did Buckley have to say about it?   The ...

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Bryant appoints Lisa Howell Lauderdale County Court Judge

Gov. Phil Bryant announced today that he has appointed Lisa Howell Lauderdale County Court judge. Howell’s appointment is effective Nov. 1. She will replace Judge Frank M. Coleman, who is retiring Oct. 31. Howell joins Judge Veldore Young Graham on the county court bench. Howell’s post will appear on the ballot in November 2018. “Lisa’s experience in private practice and ...

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GOP Sen. Thad Cochran grappling with illness

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is continuing to grapple with a urinary tract infection that has delayed a planned return to Washington, his office announced on Monday. The GOP veteran, 79, has been absent from Washington for a month. The announcement by Cochran’s chief of staff Brad White came as Republicans controlling the Senate had hoped to pass a budget measure ...

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As 2017 winds down, Mississippi economic growth looks to be less than 1 percent

By TED CARTER The indicators state economists use to assess the health of Mississippi’s economy showed the same lethargy in August as they did at the start of the year. “August represented another example of the relative sluggishness that has characterized the Mississippi economy in 2017,” said the October edition of Mississippi’s Business prepared by the University Research Center of ...

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Leaders not dismissing possible statewide vote on tax hike

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal A proposal to allow voters to decide whether to increase taxes to pay for transportation needs was not rejected Tuesday by the state’s Republican leadership. The presiding officers in the Legislature – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in the Senate and House Speaker Philip Gunn – nor Gov. Phil Bryant completely dismissed the proposal of ...

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