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Report on state revenue completion lagging

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By BOBBY HARRISON With the month of September quickly approaching, the report detailing Mississippi revenue collections for the month of July is still not complete. Normally, the staff of the Legislative Budget Committee has the monthly reports completed within a few days of the end of the month. But the July report has created unique problems. Debbie Rubisoff, director of the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Republicans struggle to find smart way to budget

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Starving the beast” is a popular conservative approach to governance. “If they (legislators) don’t have the money, they can’t spend it,” one Republican operative explained, strongly endorsing this approach.    True enough, but as another longtime Mississippi leader told me, “‘Starve the beast’ is not a smart way to govern, in fact, it isn’t governing at all.”   Also true. ...

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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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AG Hood will no longer defend HB 1523

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By BOBBY HARRISON Attorney General Jim Hood announced Wednesday afternoon his office no longer would defend the controversial House Bill 1523 that allows public officials and others not to provide services for same-sex marriages. The legislation, passed during the 2016 session, was overturned recently by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves of the Southern District of Mississippi. Gov. Phil Bryant, a strong ...

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State’s raids on rainy-day fund raise red flag, Moody’s warns

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State Treasurer Fitch calls report to investors ‘a shot across the bow’ for legislative leaders    By TED CARTER Gov. Phil Bryant’s three draws from Mississippi’s reserve fund have left the fund at its lowest level in 13 years and led Moody’s Investor Services to warn investors the state’s fiscal position is weakening. Moody’s July 11 report characterized the drawdowns ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: 2016 puts Reeves’ fiscal credibility at risk

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Lieutenant Gov. Tate Reeves has put his fiscal credibility on the line.    The former investment banker told voters in 2011 he was “a true, proven fiscal conservative with a record of executive leadership who will take the difficult stance necessary to ensure our state makes the right financial decisions.”    Reeves appeared to make the right financial decisions during his ...

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Strong June tax collections needed to balance budget

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By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says the state must collect between $725 million and $750 million of revenue during the month of June to balance the budget for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Records with the Department of Revenue reveal the state has never collected that amount of money in June. In ...

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Gunn gets vote on confederate flag as church messenger

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By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, who surprisingly broke with the majority of the state’s Republican leadership last summer when he endorsed changing the Mississippi flag, got to vote on the issue recently. Gunn was a “messenger” for his church, Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton, to the Southern Baptist Convention earlier this month. At the ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: Transparency act ignites probable first salvo of the 2019 statewide campaign

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Don’t look now, but it appears that Attorney General Jim Hood, Mississippi’s only elected Democrat, is gearing up to run for governor. Hood, a Chickasaw County native, has never been bashful about sharing his opinion, but in recent months he has been more vocal in criticizing the fiscal policy of the Legislature’s Republican leadership, and to a lesser degree Gov. Phil ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Republicans own malfunction of state government

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Republicans now dominate state government and own its performance.   Since 2004, the governor’s office has been held by a Republican. Governors make most appointments to executive boards and agencies in Mississippi.   Lieutenant governors and speakers of the house make a limited number of appointments to Mississippi agency boards. Since 2002, a Republican has made every lieutenant governor appointment. ...

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