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Bill would revamp tourism marketing, funding

Lawmakers will hash out their differences on a bill that would revamp how the state markets itself as a tourist destination, and how those activities are funded. Senate Bill 2565 would establish the Mississippi Tourism Advisory Board that would serve to help the Mississippi Development Authority develop strategies for advertising and marketing the state’s tourism attractions. The bill would also ...

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Hospital execs strike urgent note on alternatives to Medicaid expansion

The Mississippi Legislature is set to adjourn April 7 with no deal in sight on a federal offer to expand Medicaid. The ticking clock has executives of hospitals around the state worried that time will expire and hospitals and the entire health care sector will suffer the consequences, putting about 9,000 jobs at risk. Ahead are “devastating” cuts in the ...

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Legislature divided over Department of Revenue destination

Whiplash could be a consequence of watching recent action in the Legislature to determine the next home of the Mississippi Department of Revenue. The day before a bill to put the DOR headquarters in downtown Jackson’s Landmark Center via a purchase passed the Senate on a 48-2 vote, House Speaker Philip Gunn successfully pushed a bill through the House on ...

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Lt. Gov. Reeves says he will back ‘reasonable and rational' bond bill

The Mississippi Legislature will end its one-year bond bill moratorium in 2013, provided the spending levels and project priority lists largely mirror those contained in the Senate bond bill shelved in the closing days of the last session. That’s the prediction of Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who kabashed the 2012 bill over displeasure with attempts by the House of Representatives ...

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Gov. Bryant suggests a frugal budget for state

Gov. Phil Bryant has recommended a frugal, balanced budget to the Legislature, saying, “We must take a balanced approach and spend only the money we have.” Highlights of his recommendation include: >> $24 million in new spending to improve education outcomes; >> $8.5 million in new spending to expand and upgrade the Mississippi Highway Patrol; >> Tax reform to benefit ...

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