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Eliminating MS Personal Income Tax

Eliminating Mississippi’s Personal Income Tax

The Mississippi Legislature is pondering eliminating the state’s personal income tax to help supercharge Mississippi’s economy.  The theory is that such a move would entice businesses to move to Mississippi or to stay here.

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Revolving Door

The Strange Case of Two State Agencies’ Revolving Door Policies

It is common for states to prohibit government employees from leaving a regulating agency to go to work for a company their agency regulated.  Such “revolving door” restrictions are intended to prevent the temptation for the employee to treat a company favorably in order to gain a position with that company later.

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PERS Grand Bargain

Opportune Time for PERS and the Legislature To Strike a Grand Bargain

Mississippi’s defined benefit pension system had a banner year for its investments in fiscal 2021 and the financial breathing room could be a springboard for real reform that ensures its long-term viability.

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Occupational Licensing Red Tape

Cutting Red Tape for Occupational License Holders Moving To Mississippi

A bill approved by Gov. Tate Reeves that recently became law on July 1 will help cut red tape for those moving to Mississippi who possess an occupational license from another state.

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PERS PEER Report

PERS of Mississippi in for Tough Decisions According to Latest PEER Report

The Mississippi Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review issues an annual report on the state’s defined benefit pension system. Normally, the PEER report tends to be moderate in its analysis of PERS, but this one released on May 11 admits that demographics, lower than expected wage inflation by contributing members and lower than expected investment returns are combining to scuttle the plan’s bottom line.

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Legislative Review 2021

BPF Legislative Review 2021

The final deadline has now passed for Governor Reeves to sign or veto bills approved by the Legislature in the session that officially ended April 4.  Of the 2,623 bills that legislators introduced, only 13% made it to his desk.

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