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Reeves kills bill to collect internet tax, earmark for roads

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that the Mississippi Senate will reject House legislation that would force retailers to collect taxes on internet sales and earmark the money for road and bridge work. Reeves told reporters Monday that House Bill 480 will die in committee Tuesday, at the deadline for committees to act on bills originating in the opposite chamber. That means ...

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Top school districts could become exempt on reports to state

The Mississippi House voted Monday to exempt top-rated school districts from having to report information about curriculum and some other matters to the state Department of Education. House Bill 1224 also would allow A- and B-rated districts to offer financial incentives to teachers. Some lower-rated school districts have difficulty attracting teachers, and current state law lets them forgive student loans ...

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Bill would let school boards fill superintendent vacancies

Mississippi lawmakers are considering a measure that would let school boards appoint replacements for elected school superintendents who resign in the next three years. In 2016, the Legislature enacted a law making all 55 elected superintendents appointed beginning in 2020. Webster County Superintendent Jack Treloar, who was elected, resigned Dec. 31. House Education Committee Chairman John Moore, a Brandon Republican, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Leaders’ power play puts egg on their faces

How appropriate.  Fate chose the week of the Egg Bowl for legislative leaders to have to wipe lots of egg off their faces.   How silly. House Republican leaders passed a rule, with Senate mimicry pending, to deny media access to the Legislature’s contracts, only to find out they were violating their own law.   How embarrassing. The state’s only statewide ...

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Revamp of Mississippi education funding formula proposed

Mississippi’s Republican legislative leaders said Tuesday that they want to rewrite the state’s nearly 20-year-old education funding formula to put more money into the classroom and less into administrative expenses. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn said the Senate Rules and House Management committees on Tuesday hired a private, nonprofit firm called EdBuild to examine how the ...

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Report on state revenue completion lagging

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

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

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

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

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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