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HUNTER ESTES — Is government stopping you from getting your bottle of wine?

Mississippi’s laws that limit who can sell alcohol and where you can purchase it need to be modernized. Let me paint a picture with a short story: The year is 2020, on a sunny day you decide to stop by the grocery store on the way home to pick up a bottle of your favorite wine. Unfortunately for you, Mississippi ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Update on PFAS regulatory actions for drinking water

The EPA is moving forward on the drinking water component of its PFAS action plan by requesting the Office of Management review its proposed regulatory determinations for two types of PFAS. This is a definite step toward developing formal drinking water standards called Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs). Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the EPA can legally enforce how much ...

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BRIAN ESTES — Real estate investment strategies for high net-worth individuals

Most of my day is filled with conversations about commercial and investment real estate and the majority of the time I am discussing investment strategies with high net-worth individuals. Our discussions are mainly about which markets to invest in and what property type offers the best returns.  However, toward the end of the conversation I always try to steer the ...

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LAW ELEVATED — How companies can subsidize project costs with The New Markets Tax Credit Program

By now most Mississippians have at least heard of the New Markets Tax Credit (“NMTC”) Program. On May 23, 2019, the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (the “CDFI Fund”) awarded 73 Community Development Entities (“CDEs”) $3.5 billion in NMTC allocation authority in the calendar year 2018 round of the NMTC Program. To date, a total of 114 businesses and revitalization ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Supporting Startups: Delta I-Fund comes to Jackson

Matthew McLaughlin Contemporaneous with my writing of this article, there are 17 teams of startups congregated on the first floor of my State Street building for the kickoff weekend of the Delta I-Fund summer cohort, an annual program funded by grants from the Winrock Foundation and the Delta Regional Authority. The mission of the Delta I-Fund is to positively impact ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN: We are all content generators 

There is nothing new or novel about generating unique content as a complement to an organization’s overall marketing strategy.  In fact, as early as 1732, Benjamin Franklin began publishing Poor Richard’s Almanac as a means to promote his printing business.  In 1895, John Deere launched The Furrow, an agricultural magazine that is still published today. The 1900s brought an uptick ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: Gunn touts conservative groups’ support of transportation proposal

By BOBBY HARRISON Daily Journal House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said national conservative groups have endorsed his plan to decrease Mississippi’s tax on personal income and increase the levy on motor fuels – gasoline and diesel – to pay for transportation needs. Part of the speaker’s plan is to lower the income tax – funds that normally go for education, ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — Dissecting the December 2017 U.S. Supreme Court Travel Ban Order

When Hawaii-based U.S. District Judge Derrick Kahala Watson issued his short-lived October 17, 2017 U.S.-wide restraining order of President Trump’s September 24, 2017 Proclamation 9645 (sometimes called the “third travel ban”), the lifetime Article III appointee felt compelled to lead with injudicious humor: “Professional athletes mirror the federal government in this respect: they operate within a set of rules, and ...

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There’s a code for jobs: With 1,000 unfilled positions in state, teachers look for students

By JULIA MILLER mbj@msbusiness.com From cell phones, to tablets, to smart watches, technology never seems to be out of reach. As it permeates every aspect of life, businesses are quickly following to improve customer experience and satisfaction, and with that, coding jobs are being posted nonstop. Today, more than 1,000 coding jobs remain unfilled in Mississippi. Innovate Mississippi has partnered ...

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