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Songy starts new consulting firm after years with Gov. Bryant

By ROSS REILY After seven years with Gov. Phil Bryant — the last three-and-a-half as his chief of staff —  Joey Songy has begun a strategy and business development firm — Songy LLC. His insight of years of working with people through government, Songy says outside of politics, partisonship and party, business and government tend to relate to each other in much the same way everywhere and ...

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Sen. Sean J. Tindell appointed to Mississippi Court of Appeals

Gov. Phil Bryant has announced he has appointed Sen. Sean J. Tindell to the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Tindell’s appointment is effective Nov. 2. He replaces David Ishee, who Gov. Bryant appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court in September. “Senator Tindell’s experience as a prosecutor and his work in private practice make him the perfect fit to serve on the Court of ...

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BEN WILLIAMS: Mississippi’s prescient governor

Mississippi’s Governor Phil Bryant endured some rancorous criticism for his decision to forgo an expanded Medicaid program.  Now, with actual data refuting the doctored projections used to originally support expansion, the twice-elected governor is “looking prescient” – to borrow a phrase from a Wall Street Journal editorial. Background on ACA and Medicaid Expansion The 2,700-page 2010 federal Patient Protection and ...

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More budget turbulence: State short $56.8M for FY18

By Ted Carter A $56.8 million mistake in calculating state revenues will put state finances further in the hole as budget writers begin work on a fiscal 2018 budget. In a joint statement Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn attributed the $56.8 million shortfall to a “staff error” that over-estimated revenues during the FY2017 budget negotiations. It ...

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Yarber in fighting mood as Bryant signs Jackson-Evers takeover

Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing Wednesday of a bill giving control of Jackson-Medgar Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field to the state led Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber to pledge a constitutional challenge of the takeover. Yarber said in an emailed statement that he will “stand up for the city’s residents when it comes to unconstitutional measures.” The bill shifts policy making ...

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(UPDATED) Gov. Bryant bucks business community, signs anti-gay bill

By TED CARTER Mississippi business organizations and the state’s major employers ultimately did not have influence sufficient to dissuade Gov. Phil Bryant from signing House Bill 1523, legislation the governor says protects religious freedoms but opponents say legalizes discrimination against gay people and others. Putting aside protests from business groups and businesses across the state, Bryant Tuesday morning gave his ...

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State’s tax collection shortfalls continue through March, hit $79.6 million

By TED CARTER Here’s some news that leaders in the Mississippi Legislature will have to ponder before deciding next week to begin phasing out the state business franchise tax and certain individual income tax rates: Revenue collections for March fell $20 million below projections, a trend that started in December with revenues coming in $21.6 million lower than expected. Year to ...

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UPDATE: Manufacturers Assoc. latest to oppose state’s anti-gay bill

By TED CARTER The 2,100-member Mississippi Manufacturers Association late Monday joined the Mississippi Economic Council in denouncing a so-called religious freedom bill that has caused an uproar statewide since the Legislature passed it last week. Their denunciations have followed similar condemnations from major Mississippi employers such as Nissan, Toyota, Ingalls Shipbuilding, MGM Resorts and Casinos and such national companies as AT&T. ...

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