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City to ask for tax hike to fund capital improvements

HOLLY SPRINGS — The city of Holly Springs will ask the Legislature to approve a local 1 cent sales tax with the proceeds supporting a large capital improvements program. Mayor Andre DeBerry tells the South Reporter the levy would bring in about $171,428 a year. DeBerry says the revenue would eventually produce $8 million to purchase equipment such as a ...

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New charter school legislation intoduced in Senate

JACKSON — A new bill in the Mississippi Senate would let students cross district lines to attend charter schools. The bill, which was discussed yesterday in the Senate Education Committee, would send local tax money along with the student to any charter school, even if the charter school is in another public school district. Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, ...

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Cochran, Hutchins want continuation of USDA programs in farm bill

WASHINGTON — In a Senate hearing on energy and economic growth for rural America, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) urged continuation of economic development programs in the Department of Agriculture that will help provide jobs and improve the standard of living in rural America. Cochran serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee that heard testimony from a number of witnesses, including ...

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Senate approves change to budget-writing process

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has given final approval to a change in the state’s budget-writing process. The change is in House Concurrent Resolution 33, which sets the Legislature’s operating rules for the four-year term that started last month. Under one new rule, any legislator who wants to add money to a state program must say specifically which other agency’s ...

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House passes bill limiting Hood's power to hire attorneys

JACKSON — The Republican-led Mississippi House voted 59-55 yesterday to pass a bill limiting the powers of the Democratic attorney general. Proponents say agency heads need to be able to hire outside lawyers without Attorney General Jim Hood’s approval when they have conflicts with Hood. The bill would also require all outside legal contracts be filed with a state board, ...

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Senators file amicus brief challenging health care reform

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss) are among 43 Senators who have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a multi-state legal challenge to a federal mandate that individuals must purchase health insurance. The amicus brief was filed with the Supreme Court Monday in support of a suit filed by ...

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House passes bill limiting Hood's power to hire private attorneys

JACKSON — Mississippi House Republicans are moving forward with efforts to limit the attorney general’s power to hire private attorneys to file lawsuits for the state. Attorney General Jim Hood is the only Democrat remaining in statewide elected office, and he opposes their efforts. A bill that passed the House Judiciary A Committee yesterday says any statewide elected official or ...

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Lawmakers vote to change state budget process

JACKSON — The Mississippi House voted yesterday to change the state budget process in a way some members call unfair and others call accountable. The change is part of a resolution that would set the joint operating rules of the House and Senate for the four-year term that started last month. It says any lawmaker who wants to add money ...

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Democrats worried about proposed change to Legislature rules

JACKSON — Some Democrats are warning that a proposal to change the Mississippi Legislature’s rules could handcuff their ability to seek more money for education. The proposal, written by House Rules Chairman Mark Formby, R-Picayune, would require that any time lawmakers want to increase spending on an item, they would have to cut spending elsewhere by an equal amount. The ...

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City asking lawmakers for 'qualified resort status'

PHILADELPHIA — The city of Philadelphia has asked the Mississippi Legislature to give it “qualified resort status.” The Neshoba Democrat reports the city wants the designation to attract national chain restaurants and to allow all restaurants in the city to serve wine and liquor by the glass. The issue could require a citywide referendum. Mayor James Young says he’s fielded ...

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