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BILL CRAWFORD: Gunn steals tax cut spotlight

For the past several years Gov. Phil Bryant has pushed hard for the Legislature to adopt a rational budget process called “performance-based budgeting.”   No doubt this rational approach to budgeting – budgeting includes both revenues and expenses – led the Governor to put forward his reasonable request for a tax cut. He proposed an overall budget that left room ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Tax slasher productions comes to Mississippi

The Mississippi Film Office is a buzz about a new series of slasher films shooting at our state Capitol featuring Gov. Phil Bryant as Freddy Krueger, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn as Ghostface, and Lt. Gov. Reeves as the GingerDead Man. No worries, there will be no blood. This Tax Slasher production is brought to you by those jockeying ...

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Analysis: Lawmakers squabble over election-year tax cuts

JACKSON — It’s election year, and Mississippi policymakers are engaged in an escalating debate over who can offer the biggest, juiciest tax cut. The resolution is weeks away, with legislators facing a late March deadline to agree on tax and spending plans. It’s not clear what sort of tax cut will survive, if any. That could depend on a clash ...

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Memorial for ex-speaker of Mississippi House set for Tuesday

JACKSON — A memorial service is set for former Mississippi House Speaker Tim Ford, who died of a heart attack Friday in Oxford. He was 63. The Balch & Bingham law firm, where Ford was a partner, announced Sunday that visitation is 3-5 p.m. Monday and 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at Parkway Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Ridgeland. The memorial ...

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Hernando mayor running for transportation commissioner

JACKSON — Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson has qualified to run for northern district transportation commissioner. Johnson filed papers Tuesday at the Mississippi Republican Party headquarters in Jackson. He is challenging fellow Republican Mike Tagert of Starkville, who has been commissioner since 2011. The district covers the northern one-third of the state. No Democrat has yet entered the race. Candidates’ qualifying ...

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Gunn backs $1.38B plan to phase out personal income tax

JACKSON — Speaker Philip Gunn and other House Republicans are lauding their plan to eliminate Mississippi’s personal income tax. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 15-7 Tuesday to advance House Bill 1629, moving it to the full House where it will need a 60 percent majority to advance. Gunn, of Clinton, says the plan would cut $1.38 billion in ...

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May 12 election set to fill north Mississippi US House seat

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has set a May 12 special election to fill a vacancy in the U.S. House. The seat for the 1st Congressional District in north Mississippi has been open since the Feb. 6 death of Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee. Candidates have a March 27 deadline to qualify for the race, and they will run without ...

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Analysis: MAS targets unfunded mandates on counties

JACKSON — The Mississippi Association of Supervisors is rallying the rank and file to oppose several bills making their way through the 2015 Legislature. Among them are bills to boost the salaries of court reporters, constables and sheriffs. The association considers them unfunded mandates. All appear to have overwhelming support in the Legislature. The association lobbies on behalf of the ...

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Jim Hood qualifies for re-election bid

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood of Chickasaw County, Mississippi’s sole statewide elected Democrat, has confirmed that he has qualified to seek re-election. The qualifying deadline is Feb. 27, and the three-term attorney general has caused some speculation by not committing earlier to a re-election effort. Thus far no other candidate has qualified for the office of ...

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