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Big job ahead for state economists in assessing business incentives

The University Research Center and its economists are accustomed to analyzing the effectiveness of incentives for specific economic development projects. They are about to enter some more challenging analysis territory. The Legislature is on the verge of requiring periodic evaluations of the value of tax credits, sales tax rebates and other incentives the Mississippi Development Authority uses to bring business ...

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Bills requiring evaluation of incentives make progress

House and Senate bills that mandate evaluations of the return Mississippi gets on its tax credits, sales tax rebates and other economic development incentives have passed their respective bodies unanimously and now await conference committee action. The idea is to gauge how well they create jobs and other economic benefits in exchange for the costs to the state. Sen. David ...

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Bill’s demise ends state sales tax rebates for retail development

Mississippi’s tourism tax development incentives failed to gain enough legislative support for renewal last week and will expire July 1, ending the state’s practice of awarding tens of millions of dollars as incentives for development of shopping malls and retail plazas. The Mississippi Development Authority so far has awarded up to $155 million in potential subsidies for three shopping malls ...

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Quitman legislator still carrying banner for abolishing business inventory tax

State Rep. William Shirley, owner of the Family Fish Camp restaurant in Quitman, expects he’ll be doing the same thing next year he’s doing this year: continuing his lonely campaign for phasing out Mississippi’s business inventory tax. Elected in 2011, the Republican representative for District 84 has introduced an inventory ad valorem tax phase out the last three years. As ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: A year-end quiz

Soon it will be a new year, a time when individuals and organizations of all type look ahead and ponder what their goals will be for the coming year. Before doing so, it is a good idea to take stock of where we are now. In this column we will do that by reviewing a potpourri of information about Mississippi. ...

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Alison Premo Black tells road builders ‘Congress must act’

During the ongoing debate over adequate funding for road and bridge maintenance here in Mississippi, the state’s road builders have pointed to other states and their success in addressing funding shortfalls. The Mississippi Road Builders Association has been asking — if they can do it, why not the Magnolia State? At its Membership Luncheon held last week in Jackson, the ...

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Pickering named CEO at COMPTEL

JACKSON, Mississippi — Capitol Resources LLC announces former Mississippi Congressman Chip Pickering moves in-house to manage Capitol Resources’ client COMPTEL “We are excited about Chip moving in-house to lead the team at COMPTEL as CEO,” commented Capitol Resources managing partner Clare Hester. “With Chip’s extensive background in telecommunications, this is a natural fit for him to be at the helm ...

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Transportation study group leader proposes $700M tax for roads, bridges

JACKSON — The leader of a Senate transportation study committee proposes the state should levy $700 million in new taxes to support road maintenance as well as some other non-transportation related projects. Sen. Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, said yesterday that the proposal, which would be the largest state tax increase in more than 20 years, is only a starting point for ...

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Longtime legislator Barnett dies at 86

BROOKHAVEN — Dr. Jim Barnett, a country doctor and longtime state legislator, has died at the age of 86. Officials with Riverwood Family Funeral Service say Barnett died Friday at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. Services are 10 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church of Brookhaven. Burial will be at Riverwood Memorial Park. A veteran of the Korean War, ...

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Senators have concerns about Common Core education standards

JACKSON — A group of state senators is questioning Mississippi’s implementation of the Common Core education standards even as the state’s schools move to put those standards into place this fall. Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, said Mississippi’s decision to set different testing goals for different racial subgroups undermines the state’s adoption of the standards, along with 44 other states. Hill ...

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