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BILL CRAWFORD: Keep education funding out of the courts

The Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) that was designed to keep education funding out of court is now in court, and may stay there for years to come.   In the mid-90s, lawsuits popped up in many states over inadequate funding for schools, particularly those in impoverished areas. Mississippi was at risk because of its many low-tax-base schools providing inferior ...

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Survey of business & political leaders shows dismal assessment of roads, bridges

Electronic voting by about 150 business and political leaders Thursday showed that eight out of 10 of those surveyed rank repairs and maintenance of Mississippi’s highways and bridges above all other transportation infrastructure needs. Roads and bridge repairs and upkeep won out over such pursuits as expanding the state’s highway system and upgrading airports and seaports. A capacity crowd on ...

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Will lawmakers debate tax cuts as election year looms?

JACKSON — Mississippi has state elections in 2015, and it’s a safe bet that lawmakers will try to endear themselves to voters by debating a tax cut. Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves are both seeking re-election, and they’re already reciting familiar Republican talking points by saying people should keep more of the money they earn. Any proposal ...

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No debate, but Cochran and Childers lobby for votes for Senate

JACKSON — Six-term incumbent Thad Cochran told Mississippi business leaders yesterday that he will be in line for a committee chairmanship if Republicans regain control of the Senate. Speaking at a state chamber of commerce event in Jackson, Cochran stopped short of saying he would chair the Senate Appropriations Committee, a powerful spending panel he once led and of which ...

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State's bad bridges continue to raise concerns among officials

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mention highway safety and people have all sorts of ideas of what that means. To the Highway Patrol, it suggests expanding the ranks of state troopers. For the Mississippi Department of Transportation, it’s a well-maintained road system. For Mothers Against Drunk Driving, getting intoxicated drivers off the roads is the highest priority. And there are those against ...

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Bryant's criticism of Common Core raises questions

JACKSON — Gov Phil Bryant appeared to ratchet up his rhetoric against the Common Core academic standards yesterday, calling them “failed.” But late in the evening, a spokeswoman said his position had not changed, intensifying questions about whether Bryant’s statements would actually open the door to the standards’ repeal in Mississippi. Critics say Common Core is a federal takeover of ...

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New law on taxing methods hailed as big win for businesses

The Mississippi Economic Council completed a victory lap over passage of its priority tax legislation by having Gov. Phil Bryant sign House Bill 799 at the close of the business organization’s annual meeting and luncheon last Thursday. At the prodding of the MEC and other business groups, lawmakers crafted HB799 to counter the effects of a Mississippi Supreme Court ruling ...

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Bryant signs tax apportionment bill MEC says will help fix ‘out of whack' system

  The Mississippi Economic Council capped off its annual luncheon Thursday with Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing of a tax apportionment law the business organization had proclaimed its top priority heading into the 2014 legislative session. Bryant, joined by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, signed House Bill 799 in the corridors of the Jackson Convention Center Complex at the close of the ...

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Kelly Boutwell added, Jason Word promoted at MEC

  Kelly Boutwell is the new director of member involvement at the Mississippi Economic Council, joining MEC from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she served as senior marketing specialist. She began her professional career as service manager at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant, where she became the state’s youngest certified sommelier at age 23. Boutwell is a native of Forest. ...

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