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Former chief financial officer of the Mississippi Department of Revenue joins Cornerstone Government Affairs

Cornerstone Government Affairs has announced the addition of Drew Maddox Wednesday as a vice president to the firm’s Jackson office. Maddox joins Cornerstone from the Mississippi Department of Revenue, where he had served as chief financial officer since 2018. As CFO, he oversaw all administrative divisions of the department, including accounting, communications, processing, information technologies, and logistics, while also working ...

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Analysis: Amid big issues, legislators face many small ones

Mississippi legislators are on track to deal with a few big, complex issues this year, but they will also consider plenty of small ones. Among the toughest topics awaiting work are efforts to improve prisons that are crowded, violent and understaffed. As part of that, legislators could debate whether prisoners could become eligible sooner for parole consideration. Legislators could expand ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Flood spotlights need for strategic policy thinking

Politicians tend to be adept at tactical political thinking. How do I win the next election? How do I get this project my financial backers want approved? How do I keep special interest groups on my side? And so on. Strategic policy thinking to solve systemic and long-term problems, well that’s another story. Effective government, however, cannot be singularly driven ...

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Mississippi moving more inmates out of troubled state prison

Mississippi on Wednesday started transferring more inmates out of a state prison that has been rocked by deadly violence and that is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said about 50 inmates were moved from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman to the privately run Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) to the ...

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Analysis: Legislators approaching busy part of 2020 session

Mississippi lawmakers have had a slow start to their four-month session, but the pace is about to quicken as committees start debating bills dealing with the criminal justice system and other issues. March 3 is the first big deadline. That’s the last day for House and Senate committees to either pass or kill the first round of general bills filed ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi ignores conservative way to tax

As you lurch over another crevice in your favorite rural highway, here are some facts you can use to dull your senses. That apparently works for our state leaders. Mississippi has the third lowest gas tax rate among the 50 states. The lowest is Alaska at 14.4 cents per gallon. Second is Missouri at 17.4 cents. Then comes Mississippi at ...

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Mississippi could verify income of people getting public aid

Mississippi senators clashed Tuesday before passing a bill to let the state auditor see tax returns to verify the income of people enrolled in Medicaid or other public assistance programs. Supporters said the plan is designed to ensure people are not receiving benefits if they earn too much money. But critics questioned the timing and said Mississippi is looking for ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Gunn should stick to his guns regarding retirees

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn is right to bow up about state retirees serving in the Legislature. Some background. In late 2018 then Attorney General Jim Hood altered the political landscape for retirees with this opinion – “The PERS Retiree members have vested rights to their benefits, are entitled to receive their benefits and, if qualified and elected, they ...

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C SPIRE: Mississippi must require computer science classes

A telecommunications company is pushing Mississippi lawmakers to require schools to teach computer science classes. C Spire ran a TV ad during the Super Bowl with actors portraying economic development officials in other states thanking Mississippi for not requiring computer science. The ad says Mississippi is losing high-paying tech jobs to Georgia and other places. C Spire spokesman Dave Miller ...

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Official disputes account of attempted suicide by inmate

A top official in the Mississippi prison system says an attorney’s account that an inmate recently attempted suicide by hanging is “completely untrue.” Jeworski Mallett said in court papers filed Sunday that an inmate in the Mississippi State Penitentiary on Friday made “a makeshift pull-up exercise device out of what appeared to be shredded bed linens.” Mallett is acting deputy ...

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