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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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Governor sets elections to fill seats left by mayors

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Phil Bryant has set elections to fill three House seats vacated when incumbents were elected as mayors. Bryant set Nov. 5 as the special election date in Districts 5, 55 and 110. Qualifying for the nonpartisan elections closes Oct. 7. If candidates don’t win majorities on Nov. 5, runoffs would be Nov. 26. District 5, covering ...

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Former lawmaker Jim Bean dead at 80

HATTIESBURG — Former state Sen. James L. “Jim” Bean of Hattiesburg, who championed rural health care and programs for children, has died at a hospital in Hattiesburg. He was 80. Officials with Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home say Bean died Monday at Wesley Medical Center. He had suffered a stroke a few weeks earlier. Funeral arrangements were pending. A list of survivors ...

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