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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi needs every federal dollar it can get

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Let’s get real.    Ignore political ideology for a moment.   Mississippi is a poor state, persistently landing near the bottom on income, health, and education rankings. Many families depend heavily on federal benefits to survive. So, too does state government (44 percent of total spending). Many small businesses’ survival depends heavily on federally subsidized families and government.   Yes, federal ...

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Report on state revenue completion lagging

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By BOBBY HARRISON With the month of September quickly approaching, the report detailing Mississippi revenue collections for the month of July is still not complete. Normally, the staff of the Legislative Budget Committee has the monthly reports completed within a few days of the end of the month. But the July report has created unique problems. Debbie Rubisoff, director of the ...

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Mississippi payrolls rise in July, but jobless rate ticks up

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Employers added workers to Mississippi payrolls in July, reversing three months of losses, but the jobless rate rose slightly. Mississippi’s unemployment rate rose to 6 percent from 5.9 percent in June. That’s below July 2015’s 6.3 percent rate. The workforce and number of people reporting jobs fell, and the number of unemployed people was flat at 76,000. Mississippi had June’s ...

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U.S. appeals court finds that Texas voter ID law is discriminatory; law similar to Mississippi’s

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A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a Texas law requiring voters to show a government-issued form of photo identification before casting a ballot is discriminatory and violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit also sent the case back to a district court to examine claims by the plaintiffs that the ...

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Jackson physician in prison health company charged with bribing Epps

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A physician associated with a company that provides health care for prisoners has been indicted on charges of bribing former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps. Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that they’re charging Dr. Carl Reddix, 57, with six counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud. The indictment says Reddix began paying Epps $6,000 ...

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Mississippi high court hears legislative speed-reading fight

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The Mississippi Supreme Court is hearing arguments Tuesday in a legislative dispute that started this spring when Democrats tried to filibuster and the Republican House speaker used a superfast computer voice to read bills out loud. Some legislators said the voice sounded like a demon chipmunk that was so fast it couldn’t be understood. But justices will focus on a ...

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Study on taxes, spending may aid effort of infrastructure program

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By BOBBY HARRISON Various groups working on a comprehensive plan to improve the state’s roads and bridges are hoping Speaker Philip Gunn’s proposal to form “working groups” to study and make suggestions on Mississippi’s taxing and spending practices revitalizes their effort. “We’re not going to give up on this. We are still working,” said Scott Waller, executive vice president of ...

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Mississippi lawmakers to examine taxes and spending

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Mississippi legislative leaders are appointing groups to study tax policies and examine state spending. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn announced Thursday that they are co-chairmen of the tax study group. The goal is to make recommendations for the House and Senate to consider during the 2017 session. Reeves and Gunn are Republicans, and their party holds ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: Taxes make possible the best of government work

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A reader emailed to point out that while reporting that the 3 percent tax on insurance premiums was a growing source of revenue for a beleaguered state budget, I did not explain that the levy most likely was resulting in people having to pay more for insurance. Granted, taxes do not occur in a vacuum. They cost somebody extra money ...

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Legal time spent on religious freedom bill racking up

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By BOBBY HARRISON A spokeswoman for Attorney General Jim Hood said his office has spent more than 400 hours defending House Bill 1523, which allows government officials and businesses not to provide services for same-sex weddings. The legislation, passed during the 2016 session, was struck down recently by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves for the Southern District of Mississippi. Hood ...

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