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Dem Brown won’t run again as Mississippi utility regulator

One of Mississippi’s three public service commissioners says he’s not seeking re-election in 2019. Central District Commissioner Cecil Brown, a Democrat from Jackson, made the announcement Monday. Brown is in his first term on the three-member utility regulatory body after 16 years in the Mississippi House. During Brown’s tenure, the commission has wrestled with the resolution of Mississippi Power Co.’s ...

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CECIL BROWN — STEM education is Mississippi’s bridge to a brighter future

  As advocates for our community, we sometimes become so focused on the fight against poverty that we don’t pause to build the bridges that will help folks actually improve their lives. Policymakers are worried about finding abundant, high quality jobs that are critical to healthy economic growth. Meanwhile, companies are scrambling to find qualified applicants to meet the growing ...

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CECIL BROWN — Subpar schools will continue to produce subpar results

More than 90 percent of all Mississippi kids attend public schools. That means that 90 percent of the state’s workforce, voters, parents, and leaders come from public schools. More than 60,000 teachers and support staff work in Mississippi’s public schools, and Mississippi state government spends more than $2 billion a year on public education. In addition, local taxpayers spend untold millions more. Is it ...

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Kemper moving toward coal startup

By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant has no major regulatory hurdles to clear till it says it is ready to start producing electricity at its first-of-its-kind plant. That observation was one of several made Monday at Stennis Institute luncheon at the Capital Club in downtown Jackson by Cecil Brown, who represents the central district of the ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Kemper III: Return of the co-op

Earlier last week, South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) backed out of its partnership with Southern Company of Atlanta and its subsidiary, Mississippi Power Company (MPC). It was a bold step by the Board of SMEPA to protect rate payers but their decision creates even more problems for the embattled Kemper County Energy Facility. Southern Company’s “clean-coal” is new, untried ...

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Mississippi Senate supports $555M tax cut plan

JACKSON — Mississippi senators on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed a plan to cut business taxes and income taxes by $555 million over 15 years, and House Republican leaders seem increasingly receptive to it. The Senate voted 40-11 to pass House Bill 1629 with 32 Republicans and eight Democrats supporting the bill. The measure would cut individual and corporate income taxes by ...

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Mississippi House passes bills opposing foreign law and UN

JACKSON — Some Mississippi lawmakers want to ban state courts from using or enforcing foreign law and to prevent the state from participating in United Nations-inspired sustainable development efforts. Both measures reflect concerns among some Republicans about improper foreign and international influence on American affairs. Proponents of the foreign law-measure fear courts might refer to the compendiums of Muslim religious ...

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Posey not running for re-election to Miss. PSC

JACKSON — Lynn Posey said Tuesday that he won’t seek a third term as the central district member of the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Posey, of Union Church, was elected to the three-person utility regulation board in 2007 and 2011. He served 20 years in the state Senate, chairing the Wildlife Committee 16 years. He switched from Democrat to Republican ...

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