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Mississippi will further dip into its rainy day fund to fix budget woes

By   /  June 28, 2016  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Photo by Steve Wilson

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant called the Legislature into special session to apply a fix on the state’s budget, which has fallen short of revenue forecasts.

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Mississippi’s pension crisis explained in four charts

By   /  June 24, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Funding level PERS graph

The reason why Mississippi’s pension crisis is one of the worst in the nation can be explained in four graphs.

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Nearly half of Mississippi legislators get top grade on pro-business votes

By   /  June 23, 2016  /  Economy, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by the state of Mississippi

Mississippi legislators were graded by the Business and Industry Political Education Committee on their votes on key business-related issues.

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Mississippi pension system loses money on investments

By   /  June 23, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Mississippi, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

The Mississippi pension system is losing money on its investments so far this year, which could have serious consequences for the fund’s solvency.

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Southern Company sued by former CO2 customer over Kemper Project delays

By   /  June 16, 2016  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by Mississippi Power

The Southern Company is being sued for fraud after a customer for its CO2 byproducts alleged that the company misled it on delays with the Kemper Project.

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11 states top $1 billion in annual ‘sin tax’ collections, a list likely to grow

By   /  June 10, 2016  /  Accountability, Economy, Issues, National, News, Pennsylvania, Regulations, Rhode Island, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

SIN TAXES:

In 2014, 11 states each collected more than $1 billion in sin tax revenue, with Pennsylvania leading the way at more than $2.7 billion. More could be coming.

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