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Coast city to ask lawmakers for restaurant tax

PASCAGOULA — The city of Pascagoula will ask lawmakers for a 2 percent restaurant tax to support local recreation programs, including the building of a new community center. If approved by the Legislature, local residents would then vote on the tax. It would take a 60 percent majority for the tax to pass. Councilman Joe Abston says it would be ...

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Cochran selected as ranking member on ag committee

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has been selected as ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry for the 113th Congress. “I will use the experiences I’ve gained in serving on the committee since 1979 to help quickly advance a new Farm Bill that will meet the needs of our country’s farmers, small businesses and ...

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Congressional delegation splits over fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON — All three Republicans in Mississippi’s House delegation voted against legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff, while the state’s only Democrat representative voted for it. Republican U.S. Reps. Gregg Harper, Alan Nunnelee and Steven Palazzo cast no votes, while Democrat Bennie Thompson voted for the legislation that passed 257-167. Nunnelee said in a statement after the vote that out-of-control ...

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Senators introduce bill protecting farmers from FWS penalties

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have introduced legislation to prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) from penalizing farmers and sportsmen for rolling their fields during hunting season. Drought conditions this summer in Arkansas and Mississippi caused harvested rice farms to re-head, creating “ratoon” or second ...

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Lawmakers cramming on education before next session

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are doing homework before the 2013 session. The House and Senate education committees met together yesterday at the Capitol to discuss elementary-school reading skills, teacher evaluations and charter schools. House Education Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon, said no bills have been filed, but the meeting provided a glimpse of what lawmakers might discuss once the three-month session ...

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Lawmakers unveil their proposed FY 2014 budget

JACKSON — Top Mississippi lawmakers are recommending most parts of education, from kindergarten through college, receive the same amount of state funding next year as this year. House and Senate leaders today released their proposed $5.5-billion budget for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1. It recommends spending slightly less state money, overall, than in the current year. It does not ...

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Cochran wants White House to support federal disaster law changes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is asking Obama administration officials to support changing federal disaster laws that draw out recovery work following major disasters. Cochran serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that conducted a hearing on Hurricane Sandy response and recovery issues. The hearing occurred as congressional appropriations panels await the administration’s request for supplemental ...

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