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Five charts explain Mississippi’s budget ‘crisis’

By   /  February 24, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Crony Capitalism, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Graph by Steve Wilson

Mississippi’s so-called budget crisis is a matter of the state’s revenues not meeting projections coupled with large spending increases each year.

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Mississippi House committee sets aside possible tax increase bill

By   /  February 21, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes, Transportation  /  No Comments

A dummy bond bill that could have allowed Mississippi lawmakers to pass a tax increase on gas, diesel and cigarettes was set aside by a committee chairman Tuesday.

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Mississippi Justice Institute files complaint over Amazon deal denial

By   /  February 21, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Mississippi, News, Open Records, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

The Mississippi Justice Institute filed a complaint with the Mississippi Ethics Commission after its records request for terms of deal between the state and Amazon was denied.

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Sensenbrenner bill aims to build Mexico border wall with drug cartel money

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Federal government, Immigration, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

“The BUILD WALL Act is a creative solution to a complex problem and I encourage my colleagues to support it,” Sensenbrenner said.

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Mississippi could challenge decision that prevents state internet sales taxes

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

A proposed Mississippi Department of Revenue rule that would create an internet sales tax could spark a court challenge to a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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Senator wants an audit of federal funding, obligations in state programs

By   /  February 15, 2017  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Federal government, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Craig wants a review of the “federal requirements, regulations, and restrictions which bind the usage of those (federal) funds and tie the hands” of state and local governments.

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