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Senator questions need for end of agency’s monthly revenue report

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal What is being called an effort to simplify monthly state revenue reports is viewed by at least one state senator as an effort by the legislative leadership to control the flow of information to the public. Earlier this month, the Department of Revenue announced it would no longer make available to the public its ...

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Lottery study panel set to dive deep on issue

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  The special committee formed by House Speaker Philip Gunn to study whether Mississippi should have a lottery will get down to the nitty gritty in its next, and perhaps last, meeting. The plan is for the next meeting to take place in October with a final report being compiled in November before the 2018 ...

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Hattiesburg increases taxes to fund public safety projects

One Mississippi city is increasing property taxes to help pay for police and fire protection. The Hattiesburg City Council voted 5-0 Thursday to for a slight property tax increase for the budget year that begins Oct. 1. The Hattiesburg American reports that the owner of a $100,000 home will pay about $32.50 more in taxes per year. Part of the money will ...

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Analysis: Pickering’s school funding ideas cut against grain

Legislative leaders recently said that they’d still like to rewrite Mississippi’s public school funding formula, and urged people with ideas to speak up. State Auditor Stacey Pickering did. At least one of the things he wants is very different than what lawmakers considered this spring. Pickering has been a longtime critic of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the current funding ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Fear, hate messaging makes government the enemy

The first principle is that everyone is scared,” said Mike. “The second principle is that everyone hates.”   Wondering what drives our politics these days? Read Eugene Burdick’s powerful 1956 novel, The Ninth Wave. “A prescient and still relevant story,” opined one critic. The opening quotations come from the book’s lead character, Mike Freesmith, who harnessed the power of fear and ...

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Mississippi tax collections improve for start of budget year

Mississippi tax collections are looking better than they did this time last year. The Legislative Budget Office released figures Friday showing tax collections for July and August — the first two months of the current budget year. Overall collections are nearly $54 million higher than they were during the same two months a year ago. That is about an 8.1 ...

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Analysis: Pressure rises on pension fund to seek more money

An outside adviser is telling Mississippi’s public pension system that it should change its accounting policies in a way that would sharply increase required contributions to keep the system solvent over the long run, adding to financial pressure on the Public Employees Retirement System. GRS Retirement Consulting made the recommendations last week, as part of its audit of the system’s ...

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Most Mississippi government travel money is spent in-state

Mississippi government agencies are spending most of their travel money in-state rather than out-of-state. A legislative watchdog released a report Wednesday about travel spending during the budget years that ended in June 2015 and 2016. About 81 percent of agencies’ travel money was spent inside Mississippi each of those two years, and just under 19 percent was spent in other states. International ...

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Senate panel to again study transportation woes

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  JACKSON – The Senate Transportation Committee has two days of hearings scheduled for Thursday and Friday for members to again hear about the poor condition of the state’s transportation system. The final segment of the hearings, called by Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, will be a discussion of possible solutions. Thus far, finding ...

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