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Former deputy tax collector of Tallahatchie County sentenced


Deltra Young, former Deputy Tax Collector for Tallahatchie County, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement and was sentenced to serve 18 months of supervised probation in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Special Agents from the State Auditor’s Office served Young with a formal demand last February in the amount of $19,486.79. “My office has already returned the amount of ...

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Officials investigate claim of noose put on black student


Stone High School’s football team was making a name for itself as the Tomcats turned around years of mediocrity with a winning season under the school’s first-year coach. But now the south Mississippi school’s football program is known for something else — a black junior varsity player who says as many as four white students put a noose around his ...

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Mississippi lawmakers examine agencies’ travel expenses


Mississippi legislators are combing through state agencies’ travel reports to try to cut costs on events such as out-of-state conferences. Members of House and Senate budget groups met Monday with several officials, including Medicaid director David Dzielak and Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher. Many agencies require multiple levels of supervisors to approve travel expenses. Dzielak said he signs off on employees’ ...

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Analysis: Challenges loom large in rewriting funding formula


An effort to change or rewrite Mississippi’s school funding formula kicks off in earnest this week as representatives of EdBuild arrive in Jackson. House and Senate leaders hired the New Jersey nonprofit to advise them on possible changes to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. There are lots of challenges that must be surmounted in any serious rewrite, and it seems ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Individual taxpayers should be wary of tax reform schemes


  Legislative leaders brought in an outside expert from the Tax Foundation to push the theory that Mississippi needs to make its business taxes more competitive. She argues lower business taxes, offset by higher user fees, property taxes and expanded sales taxes, will make Mississippi more competitive for business and jobs.    While this approach may make the state more ...

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Mississippi payrolls rise in August, jobless rate stays flat


Mississippi’s labor market was flat in September, with unemployment and payrolls steady. The state’s unemployment rate remained at 6 percent for third straight month, but was below September 2015’s 6.4 percent. The number of workers and people reporting jobs each rose slightly. The number of unemployed people remained at 76,000. Mississippi had September’s fourth-highest jobless rate among states, with Alaska ...

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Effort to strip Confederate emblem off state flag is failing

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An effort to erase the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi’s flag is failing because sponsors haven’t collected enough signatures to put an initiative on the 2018 ballot. The petition drive started in response to the June 2015 slayings of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, and was part of a movement across the South to rethink ...

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Mississippi’s poor pay more in taxes, report says


By BOBBY HARRISON Mississippians earning between $15 and $26 per hour pay 10.8 percent their income in state and local taxes while those earning more than $306 per hour pay 5.3 percent, according to information presented to legislative Democrats on Wednesday. The minority Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature held hearings Wednesday counter to “working groups” formed by House Speaker Philip ...

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Gov. Bryant believes he’s done cutting budget this year


By BOBBY HARRISON Daily Journal Gov. Phil Bryant says he does not anticipate having to make any more budget cuts this year to offset sluggish revenue collections. “I think we are in good shape right now,” the Republican governor said recently. “We are within the revenue number.” Bryant said any issues dealing with the budget for the current fiscal year ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Should retirees trust legislators to properly handle PERS?


If what Mississippi politicians – precisely the Legislature and then-Gov. Kirk Fordice – had agreed to in 1999 had come to fruition, the state would now have a health care trust fund of an estimated $4.79 billion with $232.6 million available to spend this year,” wrote political reporter Bobby Harrison in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Alas, he said, “as ...

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