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Film incentives, all or part, could end up in the cutting room

By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi’s governmental leaders have suggested that the state’s film industry might not need so much help from taxpayers, maybe none at all. It has been reported that Gov. Phil Bryant has proposed scrapping the whole program. House and Senate leaders seem to echo that. Yet what Bryant said in his Executive Budget Recommendation issued on Nov. 15 ...

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Lottery buzz shifts from ‘no’ to ‘maybe’

By ADAM GANUCHEAU / Mississippi Today Laurel resident Pete Blakeney was overcome with a strange urge as he was driving home from New Orleans in January 2015: to stop at a Louisiana gas station and purchase a few lottery tickets. Blakeney, a religious man who doesn’t play the game often, said he credits God for the spontaneous stop at that ...

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Mississippi wants former college students to finish degrees

Leaders of Mississippi’s universities and community colleges are announcing a plan to encourage people to complete college degrees. The Complete 2 Compete program aims at people who started college but never earned a degree or certificate. Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday at a College Board meeting that the state could use workforce training money and grants to fund an estimated ...

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Gov. Bryant places priority on reserves in his budget plan

By BOBBY HARRISON Gov. Phil Bryant is placing a priority on restoring state reserve funds in his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1. The second-term Republican governor broke with the tradition of holding a news conference to release his budget proposal and did so instead Tuesday morning via social media. In defending his proposal to ...

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Analysis: Mississippi tightens bond rules for long-term debt

Don’t take on long-term debt to cover day-to-day expenses. Don’t use credit to buy stuff that will wear out before it’s paid off. It’s advice many parents give their soon-to-be adult children. And, in a nutshell, it’s what the Mississippi Bond Commission says in rules it recently adopted. The rules were written partly in response to a $308 million bond ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: Many factors in play with politics of the state flag

In 2001, supporters of those wanting to change the controversial state flag, led by the Mississippi Economic Council, tried to have an election without telling anyone. They did not get the desired result. In that April statewide vote, 494,323 (64.4 percent) voted to keep the current state flag, which has the Confederate battle emblem as a significant portion of its ...

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Mississippi asks court to uphold law affecting LGBT rights

Mississippi’s Republican governor is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a state law letting merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves blocked the “religious objections” law moments before it was to take effect July 1, ruling that it unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for lesbian, ...

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Analysis: Campaigning in big states not the same as rigging

When Phil Bryant ran for governor in 2011 and 2015, there were parts of Mississippi where he didn’t spend much time or money, and there were reasons for that. Issaquena, Sharkey and Jefferson counties have small populations. They are also politically predictable, with a long history of voting for Democrats. Bryant is a Republican, so he spent money and effort ...

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Mississippi gov: Electoral college unfair to small states

Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says he thinks it’s wrong that a presidential candidate could be elected by focusing on larger “liberal” states and ignoring smaller ones. Bryant — who has a master’s degree in political science and used to teach American government classes at Mississippi College — said the electoral college is set up to “favor the states like ...

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