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OUR VIEW: Tight budget could give cover to cuts in government oversight

Let’s hope that the Mississippi Ethics Commission is correct in thinking a proposal to take an 18 percent bite out of the watchdog agency’s budget grew out of a misunderstanding with the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. Otherwise, good government in the Magnolia State is about to sustain a serious wound. In fact, a “devastating” one, Ethics Commission director Tom Hood ...

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Hope springs eternal for everyone of us

As I look back at 2012 and forward into 2013, the one thing that keeps coming to mind is hope and one of my favorite movie quotes. At the end of the movie Shawshank Redemption, Andy Dufresne — in a letter to Red, played by Morgan Freeman — writes “Remember Red, hope is a good thing. maybe the best of ...

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One year after vote, here are the results

Just prior to the state elections of 2011, I wrote a column to discuss using a scoreboard to judge how well our state leadership has done during a particular term in office. Well, here we are just more than a year removed from those elections. So now seems to be a good time to look and see how we, as ...

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Opportunity to assess direction of Jackson Redevelopment Authority

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority is again searching for a new director. The departure of Jason Brookins after a nearly three-year stint may slow some of the redevelopment projects in the agency’s pipeline. At the same time, the coming change in leadership is an opportunity for Jackson to assess the work of the quasi-public agency, its decision-making and its transparency. The ...

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Weighing the economic risk of Basil III can be daunting

The Mississippi Business Journal recently reported on the demise of brickyards around the state, with the numbers whittled in recent years from a half-dozen to the single surviving yard in Columbus. The brickyards started dying off about the same time demand for new housing ceased. Many other once-healthy sectors of Mississippi’s economy went into decline as well when the building ...

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