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State groups report little impact from federal shutdown

JACKSON — Agency directors and spokesmen say Mississippi government is feeling little effect from the federal government’s partial shutdown that started last week. This includes the Department of Transportation, the Department of Education, the Department of Human Services and the Division of Medicaid — state agencies that handle large amounts of federal money. For now, there’s enough federal money on ...

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MBJ EDITORIAL: Signs point to costly provincialism in demise of Landmark

Sticking it to your neighbor can be a gratifying exercise for some Mississippi legislators — especially when they aren’t personally writing the checks that cover the cost of the sticking. Which brings us to the sticking leaders of the Mississippi House of Representatives gave Jackson and the state’s taxpayers on April 3, the last day for bills to leave committees ...

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House committee kills Landmark/DOR proposal

Downtown boosters were stunned last Tuesday after the House Public Properties Committee declined to act on legislation to move the Mississippi Department Revenue to downtown’s Landmark Center, thus preventing a House vote on the measure already approved by the Senate. The potential move of the DOR headquarters from Raymond into 200,000 square feet of the Landmark Center at 175 East ...

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Build or lease? New study may help guide state’s decisions

A facilities study that could guide the State of Mississippi’s policies for accommodating its office and other operational needs is expected to be completed before the Christmas holidays. International commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield is wrapping up work on the second part of a study whose initial phase led to a recommendation to move the Mississippi Department of ...

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Day of reckoning ahead for Mississippi's Public Employment Retirement System

Panel studying possible changes to state retirement system benefits Upgrades in retirement benefits granted to Mississippi’s public sector workers a decade ago could get rolled back as the state, its cities, counties and school districts struggle to stay financially afloat. Citing an “unsustainable” burden on Mississippi taxpayers inching toward $1 billion annually, Gov. Haley Barbour wants a close look taken ...

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According to union lawyer, Public Employment Retirement System chief, options are limited

The head of the Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi says the $20.7-billion retirement trust fund is constitutionally protected but she doubts the benefits of retirees and public sector workers enrolled in the plan have the same protections. “However, this could be debated,” said Pat Robertson, PERS executive director. She cited a 1986 amendment to the Mississippi Constitution in noting ...

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State’s chief site selector: Search starts for new tax HQ

Though proximity to the state’s new Data Center off Lakeland Drive could weigh heavily in the site selection, the only certainty for the new home of the  Mississippi Department of Revenue is that it will be housed in a state-owned building or built on vacant land the state owns. In either instance, the site must be within the Jackson city ...

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