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Who funds campaigns? Mississippi eases into searchable info

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Mississippi is becoming the last state to allow electronic filing of campaign finance reports, a step toward easier public access to information about who is spending money to influence elections. The National Institute on Money in State Politics says all other states already had either mandatory or voluntary electronic filing of finance reports. Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann launched ...

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Study finds state’s revenue growth slowing

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By BOBBY HARRISON Despite the fact that Gov. Phil Bryant and legislators have been struggling with declining tax revenue and budget cuts, Mississippi is one of 29 states where collections, when adjusted for inflation, have rebounded to new peaks since what is known as the Great Recession of 2008-09. A report by the Pew Charitable Trust, released earlier this month, ...

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Former Forrest Co. sheriff’s chief deputy terminated

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Former Forrest County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Charles Bolton has been officially terminated from office. County Administrator Betty Carlisle told the Hattiesburg American Monday Bolton’s termination was effective Thursday, the day after Bolton and his wife, Linda Bolton, each were found guilty of five counts of filing false tax returns. Charles Bolton also was found guilty on four counts of ...

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Late revenue report follows declining collection trends

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By BOBBY HARRISON The trend of declining state revenue collections continued during July – the first month of the new fiscal year. Mississippi’s July revenue report, released on Monday during the final days of August, reveals the state collected $11.5 million or 3.9 percent less than it did during July 2015. The staff of the Legislative Budget Committee normally has the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Tax needs vs. tax cuts bedevils legislators

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With legislators looking at taxes, some of us should be worried, some thrilled.   The need to study taxes results from weakening tax revenues along with a sluggish economy, and also because the largest tax cut in state history is pending.   Legislative leaders know they need a consistent, dependable tax base to fund state government. Republican legislators, now a ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: What ever happened to The Golden Rule?

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Sometimes it’s good to pause and reflect. Studying verses from Colossians chapter 3, while sort of watching the political conventions, led me to pause and reflect on our culture in America today. Paul wrote in verse 12, “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” We can still see this in our communities today. But not so much on ...

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Flag issue no show at Neshoba County Fair

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By BOBBY HARRISON A litany of conservative issues dominated the speech-making last week at the annual Neshoba County Fair political speakings, ranging from opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion to support for gun rights and tax cuts. But nary a word was spoken from the stage of the tin-roofed Founders Square Pavilion about a controversial issue facing the state that splits ...

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Study on taxes, spending may aid effort of infrastructure program

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By BOBBY HARRISON Various groups working on a comprehensive plan to improve the state’s roads and bridges are hoping Speaker Philip Gunn’s proposal to form “working groups” to study and make suggestions on Mississippi’s taxing and spending practices revitalizes their effort. “We’re not going to give up on this. We are still working,” said Scott Waller, executive vice president of ...

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Mississippi lawmakers to examine taxes and spending

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Mississippi legislative leaders are appointing groups to study tax policies and examine state spending. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn announced Thursday that they are co-chairmen of the tax study group. The goal is to make recommendations for the House and Senate to consider during the 2017 session. Reeves and Gunn are Republicans, and their party holds ...

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