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Bid to consolidate state offices into Central Business District passes first test

A revived move to consolidate far flung state government office space into Jackson’s Central Business District won unanimous approval Monday afternoon from the Senate Public Property Committee. The bill’s main selling point is the prospect of shaving around $5 million a year off the state’s current $16 million annual leasing costs, as well as the prospect for saving money from: ...

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City to auction off 62 tax-forfeited properties

GREENWOOD — Sixty-two parcels of tax-forfeited land in Greenwood, valued at $195,000, will be sold at an auction in September. Sealed bids must be received by the secretary of state’s office by 5 p.m. Sept. 18. Bids will be opened at 10 a.m. Sept. 19 in Jackson. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann tells the Greenwood Commonwealth that the city and ...

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16th Section revenue tops $89 million

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Monday that revenue from 16th Section land leases reached $89.2 million for fiscal year 2012, which ended last July. The money goes to school districts. “This $89 million will help alleviate some of the financial headaches faced by our school districts today,” Hosemann said in a press release. “In times of serious cutbacks and ...

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Hosemann plans fight to keep 16th section lease oversight

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann plans to spend at least part of the 2013 legislative session opposing a measure that would take 16th section land lease oversight from him and give it to individual school boards. Hosemann, in his role as the state’s land officer, oversees the management and the leasing of Mississippi’s 640,000 acres of 16th section lands. Of ...

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Rice says wouldn't return as secretary of state

CLINTON — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she wouldn’t want to hold that position again. >> BUSINESS BLOG Former secretary of state, KiOR board member Condoleeza Rice visits Mississippi>> “You should never go home twice,” Rice told reporters at Mississippi College in Clinton. Rice visited the school Tuesday to address benefactors at a scholarship banquet. She also participated ...

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Farm Bureau chief: Eminent domain push to continue despite lawsuit

The president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation says that organization’s advertising campaign aimed at convincing voters to restrict the state’s use of eminent domain will go forward, even though there is now a chance the initiative won’t even be on the November ballot. Leland Speed, the interim executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, has sued Secretary of State ...

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Hosemann picks Pratt to head division

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is pleased to announce Ryan Pratt has been selected to lead the Secretary of State’s Policy and Research Division. Pratt comes to the position from the Ridgeland-based law firm of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens, and Cannada, PLLC, where he practiced governmental and public finance law. As assistant secretary of state of policy and research, some ...

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Secretary of State sells cemeteries for $1 each

The Mississippi Secretary of State’s office will soon be out of the cemetery business in Laurel and North Mississippi. Two of the distressed properties went to a church and a non-profit group, respectively, for bids of $1, and the others went to a pair of funeral homes for bids of $12,500 and $20,100, respectively. The bids were accompanied by commitments ...

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NASS adopts resolution, cites Stanford report

JACKSON — The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) has adopted a resolution proposed by the secretaries of state in Mississippi and Nevada that calls for the need for securities reform and uses the Stanford Financial Executive Report to supplement its findings. The resolution will be sent to each member of Congress for possible legislative action. “In drafting the ...

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