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Mississippi Senate supports $555M tax cut plan

JACKSON — Mississippi senators on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed a plan to cut business taxes and income taxes by $555 million over 15 years, and House Republican leaders seem increasingly receptive to it. The Senate voted 40-11 to pass House Bill 1629 with 32 Republicans and eight Democrats supporting the bill. The measure would cut individual and corporate income taxes by ...

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Miss. lawmakers propose property tax break for seniors

JACKSON — Mississippi homeowners older than 65 could get a break on their property taxes under a proposal some lawmakers are pushing. The House Ways and Means Committee Tuesday approved House Bill 216 (http://bit.ly/1EKr4FR), which would freeze assessed values of senior citizen-owned homes unless they are renovated. Taxes could still rise if local governments raise tax rates. Rep. Manly Barton, ...

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Mississippi House passes bills opposing foreign law and UN

JACKSON — Some Mississippi lawmakers want to ban state courts from using or enforcing foreign law and to prevent the state from participating in United Nations-inspired sustainable development efforts. Both measures reflect concerns among some Republicans about improper foreign and international influence on American affairs. Proponents of the foreign law-measure fear courts might refer to the compendiums of Muslim religious ...

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New hunting supplies sales tax holiday bill signed into law

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi will remove its 7 percent state sales tax on guns, ammunition, archery equipment and some hunting supplies the first weekend of each September. Gov. Phil Bryant yesterday signed Senate Bill 2425. It becomes law July 1. The “Second Amendment Weekend,” without the tax, begins on the first Friday of each September and runs for three days, ...

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Lawmakers pass bills to increase corporate tax breaks

JACKSON — Businesses could be in line for more incentives in Mississippi, in addition to the more than $100 million in new tax breaks the Legislature has passed over the past two years. The House Ways and Means Committee passed three bills yesterday that would increase the use of corporate-income-tax breaks for companies that relocate or expand in Mississippi. One ...

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(VIDEO) Lessons in business management — from prison

Jeff Smith spent a year in prison. But what he discovered inside wasn’t what he expected — he saw in his fellow inmates boundless ingenuity and business savvy. He asks: Why don’t we tap this entrepreneurial potential to help ex-prisoners contribute to society once they’re back outside? (From the TED Talent Search event TED@NewYork.) In this Ted Talk, Jeff Smith, ...

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Relocation tax credit bill back for another try

One of the pieces of Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s 2013 legislative agenda is a repeat from last year. A bill that would have extended tax credits to corporations that move their national or regional headquarters to Mississippi died in a Senate committee last year. Two bills that would do the same thing currently sit in the House Ways and ...

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Getting workers' comp for fight over workers compensation?

As I was reading this account from the legislature, I was wondering if the legislators had been injured in their scuffle, could they have filed a worker’s compensation claim against the state of the Mississippi? Just wondering … Thought it was kind of ironic … — Ross Reily Miss. House flips to favor workers’ comp. changes JEFF AMY,Associated Press JACKSON, ...

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Change on Tap? Beer legislation supporters are being cautiously optimistic

Lawmakers and grassroots organizers who have unsuccessfully pushed for legislation to modernize Mississippi’s beer and brewing laws are optimistic their efforts stand a better chance of paying off this session. As he has the past few sessions, Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, has filed bills that would increase the state’s alcohol-by-weight limit in beer, and potentially pave the way ...

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