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Jindal wants to nix Louisiana's personal, corporate income taxes

Here’s an idea that Mississippi’s wage earners and corporate CEOs might like to see exported to here from Louisiana: Ending individual and corporate income taxes. Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said on Thursday he wants to eliminate all Louisiana personal and corporate income taxes to simplify the state’s tax code and make it more friendly to business. The governor did not ...

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(VIDEO) Business group launches charter school push as foes raise privatization fears

A lineup of high-profile Mississippi business people gathered at the Capitol Monday to launch a campaign to bring charter schools to every school district in Mississippi – provided the parents in the districts want them. Mississippians overwhelmingly support widespread creation of charter schools as a remedy to the many ails of the state’s public schools, said the group Better Education ...

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Hypocrisy issue raised in Palazzo vote against Sandy aid for Northeast

  Last week, two-term Rep. Steven Palazzo, a Biloxi Republican, sparked controversy nationwide when he voted against relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy, despite representing coastal Mississippi, one of the regions hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina and a top beneficiary of Katrina disaster aid, Talking Points Memo reports. » SUN HERALD: Palazzo puts politics ahead of putting ‘families back together’ ...

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Ethics Commission chief expects agency to escape budget ax

  Mississippi Ethics Commission Director Tom Hood says he has assurances that a Joint Legislative Budget Committee proposal to cut 18 percent from the tiny watchdog agency’s 2013 budget won’t be carried out. Hood attributed the proposed cut to the timing of the Budget Committee’s work. The committee directed state departments and agencies to provide it a list of vacant ...

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Cochran as Ag Committee Ranking Member boosts hopes of Mississippi farmers

Southern agriculture producers who argue new farm legislation needs more regional balance have notched a victory with selection of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi as Ranking Republican Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry for the 113th Congress: Cochran, a member of the committee for more than three decades and chairman of the panel from 2003 ...

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Fate of insurance exchange unclear as Bryant, Chaney feud over control

  JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s proposed health insurance exchange is in limbo because of a dispute between the governor and the insurance commissioner. Gov. Phil Bryant and Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, both Republicans, disagree about which of them has authority to create a plan and submit it for federal approval. An exchange is an online marketplace where people can ...

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Wicker remains on Senate Commerce Committee, adds budget panel to assignments

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker received assignments today to five Senate committees for the 113th Congress. Mississippi’s junior senator remains on the Armed Services Committee and the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. In addition, he will serve on the Budget Committee; the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee; and the Joint Economic Committee (JEC). “These committees will provide opportunities to continue ...

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Farmers watching for Cochran move to Ranking Member of Senate Ag Committee

Mississippi farmers are waiting to learn whether the Magnolia State’s senior senator will move to the Senate Agriculture Committee and have a key hand in shaping a new farm bill extension as the ag panel’s Ranking Republican member. AgFax.com reported shortly before Christmas on speculation that Sen. Thad Cochran was mulling a move to become the Agriculture Committee. Cochran has ...

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State’s search for new Revenue Department HQ narrows to 3 buildings

Office properties in Clinton, Ridgeland and downtown Jackson have made the short list among candidates to become the new home of the Mississippi Department of Finance. The two leading candidates going into the whittling of the candidate list Tuesday were Jackson’s Landmark Center and South Point Business Park in Clinton. Ergon Properties’s Diversified Technologies complex in Ridgeland joined them on ...

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