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MARK BLACKWELL: Key legislative issues for business owners

With the mid-term elections behind us and Congress returning to Washington soon, business owners and operators are wondering what the new year may have in store for them.  Here are four key national issues that could affect how you run your business in the years ahead: Immigration Reform There’s ongoing debate nationwide over the need to overhaul U.S. immigration rules, ...

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Ward elected No. 2 leadership post in Senate

JACKSON — Mississippi senators have unanimously elected one of their Republican colleagues, Giles Ward of Louisville, as the new president pro tempore, the Senate’s second-highest leadership post. He will preside over the Senate when Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is unavailable. As pro tem, Ward succeeds Republican Terry Brown of Columbus, who died in September. Ward says he will do ...

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And away we go — Mississippi lawmakers begin their 3-month session

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS and JEFF AMY JACKSON — The Mississippi Legislature has started its 2015 session. The 122-member House and 52-member Senate gaveled to order at noon Tuesday at the state Capitol. During the next three months, lawmakers will consider bills to shape public policy for education, health care, transportation and other issues. They face a deadline in late March to ...

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Prosecutors' wish list seeks to broaden death penalty

VICKSBURG — Mississippi prosecutors are asking the Legislature to broaden the death penalty to include mass shootings and terrorist acts. “We’re trying to make the killing of two or more persons in a single instance capital murder so that the death penalty may be used,” District Attorney Ricky Smith of Vicksburg told The Vicksburg Post. The Mississippi Prosecutors Association’s proposal is a ...

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Mississippi budget writers to set FY16 revenue estimate

Top Mississippi lawmakers are preparing to estimate how much money the state can spend during the coming budget year. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee meets Monday afternoon in Jackson. Members will hear experts’ assessment of the state economy. Then, they will set a revenue estimate that will be used as a basis for budget writing. It is an educated guess ...

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Former state Sen. Mulholland dies of cancer

PHILADELPHIA — Former state Sen. Joe H. Mulholland of Philadelphia has died from complications of cancer. He was 80. Officials with McClain-Hays Funeral Home say Mulholland died Tuesday in a hospital in Meridian. Mulholland served in the Senate from 1964-68 and 1976-84. He served one term as chairman of the public property committee. A Neshoba County native, Mulholland was an ...

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6 more districts join Miss. school funding lawsuit

JACKSON — Six more Mississippi school districts are joining a lawsuit against the state over shortfalls in education funding. With the additions announced Monday, there are now 20 plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Musgrove spokesman George Shelton says the new plaintiffs are school districts in Greene County, Humphreys County, North Bolivar, West Bolivar and the ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: More money found, but members gave away the right to appropriate

By Bobby Harrison The Mississippi Legislature has nearly $250 million more to spend than when House and Senate members passed their respective budget proposals earlier this session. Yet, most of the rank-and-file members of the House and Senate will have limited ability in saying how those funds are spent. On the opening days of the current four-year term in January ...

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Business inventory tax, proclaimed as a jobs creation tool, projected to cost state $7M this year, then $126M in FY 2017

With fiscal 2014’s arrival, Mississippi’s businesses can begin enjoying the rewards of a hard-fought victory achieved in 2012 with passage of a phased-in state income tax credits for businesses that pay inventory taxes to cities and counties. Legislative wrangling ended with establishing the tax credits in place of an actual end to the inventory tax, an outcome cities, counties and ...

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Miss. lawmakers competing in charity cook-off

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are competing in a barbecue-versus-catfish cook-off to raise money for veterans’ groups. The competition takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Mississippi Farmers Market near the state fairgrounds in downtown Jackson. It’s open to the public. Two senators who own restaurants, Democrat Willie Simmons of Cleveland and Republican Tony Smith of Picayune, will ...

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