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Most Mississippi students score below grade level on tests

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JACKSON — Mississippi students in elementary and middle grades lagged behind their counterparts in 10 other states in 2014-2015 on tests of math and language arts. Those are findings of the second batch of findings from Mississippi’s only administration of a multi-state test meant to measure achievement under new academic standards. The results, released Thursday by the Mississippi Department of ...

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Move to dump franchise tax back by popular demand

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By TED CARTER Mississippi may be about to give a 10-year test to a key fixture of politically conservative fiscal thinking – that revenue lost by lowering taxes on business will be more than offset by new business spending. The idea of enhanced revenue, or at the least no-net-loss — may become central to a 2016 legislative debate over phasing out ...

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Education, health, prisons face cuts in FY17 budget draft

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Mississippi’s top budget writers are recommending spending cuts to schools, universities, community colleges, prisons, Medicaid, and mental health and human services for the coming year. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee met Tuesday and approved an initial blueprint for fiscal 2017, which begins July 1. The blueprint recommends how to spend nearly $6.2 billion in state money. That’s a 1.6 percent ...

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Bill designed to give state timely work-force training set for 2016 return

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By TED CARTER Look for the return in Mississippi’s 2016 legislative session of a work-force training bill Gov. Phil Bryant dubbed last session the “Two-Cars-And-A-Boat” initiative. The bill authored by Rep. Jeffrey Smith, a Tupelo Republican who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, would allocate $25 million a year for two years to a  program geared to provide a “rapid ...

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State pension fund recovery stalled by accounting changes

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It had looked like Mississippi’s main public employee pension fund had turned the corner in 2014, but changes in financial projections left the Public Employees Retirement System losing ground again in the year ended June 30, 2015. Actuaries reported in October that the PERS funding percentage — the share of future obligations covered by current assets — ticked down to ...

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GOP-majority panel to hear challenge over Miss. House seat

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JACKSON — A Mississippi House committee meets Tuesday to start discussing a contested race that went to a drawing of straws for a tiebreaker. House Speaker Philip Gunn appointed a panel of four Republicans and one Democrat to hear the petition filed by Republican challenger Mark Tullos of Raleigh. Tullos and five-term Democratic Rep. Bo Eaton of Taylorsville each received ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Left-out Eaton Would Make Democrats the Left-out Party

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Yum. Post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches.  Sometimes the leftovers can be as good, if not better, than the main course.    Kinda like our Republican presidential contest. Sometimes the left-outs can be as good, if not better, than the frontrunners.   Have you bothered, lately, to listen to left-out-of-the-last-primetime-debate candidate Gov. Chris Christie? He’s been very impressive.   Speaking of left-outs, the ...

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Dearing leads Senate race, but Tea Party’s Sojourner not conceding

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JACKSON — Democrat Bob Dearing appears to have unseated Republican Melanie Sojourner in a Mississippi Senate race that took a week to count. But, Sojourner says Thursday that she’s not conceding because some voters have expressed concerns about “problematic precincts” in the Nov. 3 election. Senate District 37 stretches through Adams, Amite, Franklin and Pike counties. If Dearing holds onto ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will GOP strength result in politics or progress?

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Voters gave Republicans greater control over the Mississippi Legislature. What will they do with this increased power… play politics or push for progress?   The last four years, with slightly less control, the Republican majority made fiscal progress by eliminating reliance on one-time funding for ongoing expenditures and slowing the upward trend in bonded indebtedness. They passed improvements to education such ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Harper perturbed by Freedom Caucus actions

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The disorder in the U.S. House of Representatives even caused Mississippi’s calm Congressman Gregg Harper to become perturbed. Harper “expressed irritation with the House Freedom Caucus,” reported The Clarion-Ledger, after the caucus failed to support California Congressman Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the House. “We should move forward methodically and select someone who can unite 247 Republicans in order to ...

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