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Mississippi Legislature considers bills on lottery and civil asset forfeiture

By   /  January 20, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Education, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Mississippi Legislature is considering bills that would create a state lottery and reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture system.

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Gov. Bryant State of the State promises no new taxes, ‘Blue Lives Matter’ law

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant promised no tax increases, support for a “Blue Lives Matter” law and a rewrite of the state’s K-12 education funding formula.

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EdBuild unveils recommendations for new K-12 funding formula

By   /  January 17, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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EdBuild revealed its recommendations to the Mississippi Legislature for a new K-12 education funding formula Monday.

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Mississippi public defender says state keeping funds might curb asset forfeiture

By   /  January 17, 2017  /  Mississippi, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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What may appear on its face as a proposal for the state trying to lord over local authorities is actually anything but: if local law enforcement agencies don’t get to keep the spoils they will be less incentivized to seize the funds in the first place.

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Duplication and the Delta Regional Authority

By   /  January 11, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Federal government, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

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  During NASA’s heyday, the agency used duplication on key systems as a safety feature for space travel. But duplication isn’t always a positive thing, especially when it comes to federal programs such as the Delta Regional Authority, which is under the microscope for what critics say is needless overlap with other programs. In his report titled […]

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Cooperative that dumped Kemper Project sees credit ratings rise

By   /  January 9, 2017  /  Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

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A Mississippi power cooperative that decided to dump its stake in the struggling Kemper Project is now reaping the rewards of that exit: its credit ratings increased last month in part due to lower financial risk.

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