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Reeves says revenue weakness won’t discourage tax cut plan

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves discusses his plans for the 2016 Legislature at a session of the Stennis-Capitol Press forum, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that current weakness in state revenues won’t discourage him from pushing a long-term plan for tax cuts, including the elimination of the state’s corporate franchise tax. “I don’t think revenue in any one day, or any one month, or quite frankly, any one year ought to determine long-term tax policy,” the Republican ...

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Bryant names new chief of staff as current chief leaves

Joey Songy

JACKSON — Joey Songy will be Gov. Phil Bryant’s new chief of staff as the Republican begins his second term. Bryant announced Monday that Lucien Smith, who has served as his chief of staff since December 2013, will leave the administration to become a private lawyer. Smith declined through Bryant spokesman Clay Chandler to say where he planned to work. ...

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Bryant nominating Collins to remain as adjutant general

Augustus Collins

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he intends to keep Maj. Gen. Augustus L. “Leon” Collins as the state adjutant general. In that role, Collins is head of the state Military Department and leads more than 12,275 members of the Mississippi Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Bryant was re-elected in November and will be inaugurated for ...

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THE GULF COAST’S BIG CATCH — A boatload of projects — including aquarium — get OK from ecosystem restoration council

Gulf Coast fishing boats 4c

By BECKY GILLETTE The Gulf Coast received an early Christmas present in the form of the announcements of significant economic development and environmental restoration projects when the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE) met last week and approved major projects such as a $17 million aquarium that will have wide-ranging benefits across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. “The council’s approval of the ...

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Mississippi proficiency levels dip, as expected, on new test


JACKSON — Nearly half of Mississippi high school students met or exceeded expectations in English last year, while about 27 percent did so in algebra I, according to test results released Thursday. Those are the first findings from Mississippi’s only administration of a multi-state test meant to measure achievement under new academic standards. The results are a big drop from ...

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OTHER VIEWS — Legislature scared to take on flag issue


With last week’s actions at two of the state’s largest universities, it is becoming clear that Mississippi may be setting itself up for an angry, bitter, divisive and messy fight over the state flag that it really doesn’t need. Last Monday, University of Mississippi officials quietly took down the state flag, which includes the controversial Confederate battle emblem, at the ...

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Power of incumbency prevails in Mississippi — Bryant wins another term

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant speaks as his wife Deborah listens next to him during an election day party, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 in Jackson, Miss. Bryant easily won a second term as Mississippi governor Tuesday, defeating a truck driver who ran a low-budget campaign as the Democratic nominee. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON — For the first time in a single year, Mississippi voters have re-elected all eight statewide officials. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday won a second term, easily defeating two challengers who ran low-budget campaigns — Democrat Robert Gray, a truck driver who said he surprised even himself by winning the party primary in August; and the Reform Party’s ...

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Republican surge toward supermajority in Mississippi House


JACKSON — As election returns are finalized in the next few days, Republicans are within striking distance of a 74-vote supermajority in the state House. The GOP boosted their ranks to a solid 71 with three races remaining close early Wednesday, knocking off House Minority Leader Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto and Rep. Sherra Lane, D-Waynesboro. Rep. Bo Eaton, D-Taylorsville, teetered ...

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Yokohama Tire opens $300 million plant in Clay County; 260 have been hired toward first phase goal of 500

Gov. Phil Byrant raises his hammer after helping complete the Kagami Biraki Ceremony, Monday, Oct. 5 2015, in West Point, Miss. For Yokohama Rubber Co., its $300 million Mississippi plant is its platform to fight for a slice of the competitive North American tire market. (Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

By JACK WEATHERLY  Yokohama Tire Manufacturing on Monday started production at its new $300 million commercial truck tire facility in West Point. The Tokyo-based manufacturer has already hired 260 workers and expects to reach 500 in the first phase of its operation, with the possibility of expanding to 2,000 employees in subsequent phases. Just a little over 24 months after ...

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