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BILL CRAWFORD — Constructive conservatism needed to thwart rise of Socialism

What would Adam Smith, the father of modern capitalism, think of capitalism in America today? You see, it was Smith’s notion that despite natural greed, individuals in a free, capitalistic society would be led by “reason, principle, conscience” to act morally and compassionately. Capitalism would be the economic mechanism by which wage earners and the middle class would accumulate wealth. ...

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Analysis: Budget cuts have long-term effect on libraries

Mississippi public libraries are still feeling the sting of state budget cuts that happened years ago. Some library leaders say they have had to trim services such as summer reading programs for children. Some have cut back on community outreach programs, such as using vans that take reading materials to nursing homes. Others are having a hard time building meager ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: What a disappointing tax season

Started your tax return yet? I have and it’s so disappointing. I had looked forward to the simpler, easier tax filing promised by President Donald Trump’s tax cuts. Take the increased standard deduction and forget all that work to compile medical and dental expenses, taxes paid, interest paid, charitable contributions, and so on. This was going to be a breeze. ...

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Top Republican outraises top Dem for Mississippi governor

The Republican lieutenant governor has raised far more money than the Democratic attorney general in the open race for Mississippi governor. Candidates had a Thursday deadline to report how much money their campaigns collected and spent during 2018. In the Republican primary for governor, second-term Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves of Flowood reported having $6.7 million on hand at the end ...

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Bill proposes $1,000 increase in Mississippi teacher pay

Mississippi legislators are making their opening bids on an increase in teacher pay, although there may be sweeter offers to come. The House Education Committee on Thursday passed House Bill 1349 , which proposes $500 increases in teacher salaries for each of the next two years, for a total of $1,000. That would boost the starting pay for a teacher ...

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School safety bill advances in Mississippi House

A bill meant to make Mississippi schools safer from mass shootings and other threats is advancing. The House Education Committee on Thursday passed House Bill 1283 , sending it to the full House for more consideration. The plan would require safety inspections and twice-yearly active shooter drills at public schools. It would also create a threat-reporting mechanism to be monitored ...

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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: Carlson book torpedoes the opposition

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Tucker Carlson is the star of the network that dominates the cable world. His ascendancy coincides with the election of Donald Trump as president. Aha! Lacky for the madman. Not so fast, my friend, as football commentator Lee Corso likes to say. Carlson is a member of an endangered species: rational man. He knows logical arguments, ...

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New Mississippi law lets electric co-ops offer internet

Mississippi’s 25 electric cooperatives now have legal authority to offer high-speed internet service. Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed House Bill 366 , and it became law immediately. Cooperatives provide electricity to nearly 800,000 Mississippi customers. The law allows the co-ops to enter the internet business. Officials with Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi, a statewide trade association, say 20 of 25 ...

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Despite questions, bill could again allow contract autopsies

Some Mississippi lawmakers want to start allowing coroners to hire private pathologists to perform autopsies again, even though counties’ previous use of private autopsies attracted scrutiny. The Senate Judiciary A Committee on Tuesday approved Senate Bill 2400 , sending it to the full Senate for further debate. The measure would set up a three-year pilot program allowing coroners in Harrison, ...

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Bill could push more Mississippi government records online

Some Mississippi lawmakers say they are pushing for greater transparency by government boards and agencies. A bill that advanced Tuesday would require some city and county governments and state government boards and agencies to post minutes of their meetings online. House Bill 1296 passed the Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency Committee. It will go to the full House for more debate. ...

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