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BILL CRAWFORD: A Peek behind Legislative leaders’ spending rhetoric

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn are touting their great success this year in holding down the cost of government.    “We Republicans have campaigned for many, many years that we are for living within our means, we are for controlling spending, we are for reducing the size of government,” Gunn told reporters according to the Associated ...

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Mississippi jobless rate falls to lowest level since 1976

Mississippi unemployment fell to 5 percent in March, tying the lowest level since the current survey began in 1976. That’s down from 5.2 percent in February and 6 percent a year ago. It’s the 10th month Mississippi has dipped to 5 percent, including six months in 1999 and three in 2000. Some earlier surveys show Mississippi had lower jobless rates ...

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Analysis: Leaders say reducing state budget meets GOP goal

There has been plenty of hand-wringing about the Mississippi budget the past several months, with Republican Gov. Phil Bryant making multiple rounds of cuts because tax collections fell short of expectations. Many programs face further reductions for the year that begins July 1 under a spending plan set by legislators. Some agency directors are certain to develop heartburn while figuring ...

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Most Mississippi agencies banned from car purchases for year

Most Mississippi government agencies will be banned from buying vehicles for a year, as a way to save money in a tight budget. The vehicle moratorium is in House Bill 938 . Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the bill April 6, and it becomes law July 1. A few exceptions will be allowed. The Department of Child Protective Services, which ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Legislature needs rightsizing too

Republican legislators insist they are making the right moves to “rightsize” state government, which includes shrinking the state budget. If they mean what they say, the Legislature, itself, should be on the rightsizing menu too.    Mississippi has one of the larger legislatures in the United States, especially for our small population. We have 122 representatives and 52 senators for ...

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Analysis: Someone might want a trial in Epps bribery case

None of the people accused of bribing former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps have gone to trial. Yet. But Dr. Carl Reddix might be ready to risk it. In the motion to throw out the case that Reddix’s lawyer filed last week, there was a hint of what Reddix might tell jurors: That he was running an honest company. That ...

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Many students to receive less financial aid

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The Mississippi Legislature, having to slash budgets to deal with sluggish revenue collections, has cut the amount of financial aid about 3,400 students will receive for the upcoming academic year. Late in the just-completed 2017 legislative session, language was placed in the student financial aid funding bill to prohibit students from being awarded more ...

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State finally has good month of collections

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal State revenue collections, which have been sluggish for more than a year, spiked in March even as the Legislature was ending the 2017 session by making major budget cuts because of those ongoing revenue woes. Collections for the month of March were $52.4 million or 12.5 percent above the official estimate, according to information ...

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Hood believes his office will be funded

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Attorney General Jim Hood said Monday he is “confident” the Legislature would pass budgets to fund his office and the state’s transportation system before the new fiscal year begins July 1. The 2017 session of the Mississippi Legislature ended last week without budget bills to fund Hood’s office, the Mississippi Department of Transportation and ...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Internet sales tax

Editor, It is with increasing frequency that I have been reading editorials and letters to the editor arguing that Mississippi, and the other 49 states should require all companies to collect sales tax on internet sales. As the owner of a Mississippi-based company which sells specialty products globally over the web, we believe that readers should hear the other side ...

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