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Mississippi takes an incentives licking, keeps on ticking

By Jack Weatherly If the Pew Charitable Trusts gave Mississippi the stick in 2012, it seems to be trying the carrot this time. Mississippi economic development officials thought the respected independent nonprofit organization was harsh in its assessment of how the state was tracking its incentives. “It sounded like like they were unfairly indicting the model we were using,” senior ...

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Pew issues a report on incentives programs in Miss., 9 other states.

The Pew Charitable Trusts issued on Friday a report about the fact that 10 more states, including Mississipppi, have put into place a system for evaluating the effectiveness of incentives programs for enticing industry to locate in the state. The Mississippi Legislature last year passed legislation and Gov. Phil Bryant signed it into law. Pew, a nonprofit research organization, listed ...

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Passing the test … Mississippi’s economic development incentives must now prove their worth

The Pew Charitable Trusts has moved Mississippi to the front of the class among states with effective strategies for evaluating the value of taxpayer-supported incentives for economic development. Mississippi’s elevation to national leader from Pew’s laggard list just two years ago comes after Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing last week of House Bill 1365, the Economic Development Programs and Tax Incentives ...

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CRAWFORD: Most state workers can’t get a break

By Bill Crawford State employees can’t get a break. Well, most can’t. In 2012, Mississippi had 58,135 state employees earning an average salary of $41,870, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A Pew Charitable Trusts study reported this was significantly higher than the $35,263 average private sector salary in Mississippi. Couple this with the state’s generous retirement plan – ...

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