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ANALYSIS — Tax hike is one thing, bright outlook for gasoline is another

By JACK WEATHERLY A hike in Mississippi gasoline tax has been bandied about for years as a solution for much-needed improvements in the state’s roads and bridges. But it continues to draw, at best, a luke-warm response from governmental leaders. Whether the increase were to occur, the good news is that the historical price of gasoline in the state continues ...

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House leader’s top aide becoming $10K-a-month consultant

A top aide to the Mississippi House speaker will become a $10,000-a-month consultant. Nathan Wells has been Speaker Philip Gunn’s chief of staff since 2012, when House members elected the Republican from Clinton as their leader. The Clarion-Ledger reports that Wells has made $135,000 a year as a full-time House employee. Wells says he will run his own company focused on energy ...

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Revamp of Mississippi education funding formula proposed

Mississippi’s Republican legislative leaders said Tuesday that they want to rewrite the state’s nearly 20-year-old education funding formula to put more money into the classroom and less into administrative expenses. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn said the Senate Rules and House Management committees on Tuesday hired a private, nonprofit firm called EdBuild to examine how the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Republicans struggle to find smart way to budget

Starving the beast” is a popular conservative approach to governance. “If they (legislators) don’t have the money, they can’t spend it,” one Republican operative explained, strongly endorsing this approach.    True enough, but as another longtime Mississippi leader told me, “‘Starve the beast’ is not a smart way to govern, in fact, it isn’t governing at all.”   Also true. ...

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Mississippi lawmakers to examine taxes and spending

Mississippi legislative leaders are appointing groups to study tax policies and examine state spending. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn announced Thursday that they are co-chairmen of the tax study group. The goal is to make recommendations for the House and Senate to consider during the 2017 session. Reeves and Gunn are Republicans, and their party holds ...

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Leaders of 75 national businesses urge state to scrap gay discrimination law

Mississippi’s Freedom of Conscience law and the widespread perception of it as discriminatory toward gays, lesbians and transgender people have brought an open letter from 75 leading CEOs and business leaders across the country urging state elected leaders to repeal the law that goes into effect July 1. The letter includes the signatures of executives from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Capital One, Castlight ...

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Party switch pushes GOP closer to supermajority in House

JACKSON — Republicans are closer to having a three-fifths majority of 74 votes in the Mississippi House because a newly re-elected Democrat is switching parties. Rep. Jody Steverson of Ripley confirmed his decision Thursday to The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. With one other House race unresolved, Steverson’s switch gives the GOP 73 out of 122 seats. Steverson did not immediately ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Our flag and states’ rights at the Neshoba Country Fair

In the final months of his first successful presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan gave his most enduring speech right here in Mississippi at the Neshoba County Fair. More important even than his famous “Tear down this wall” speech. According to Republicans like Condoleezza Rice and George Shutlz, the better known “wall” speech was pure rhetoric that did little to end the ...

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