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Bridges and Roads

A Special Session to Address Infrastructure

A special session for August 23 to deal with infrastructure funding and money from the BP settlement has been called, likely meaning a compromise has been reached by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn on how to increase the funding for the state’s infrastructure needs. How much these needs are is up...

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MS Gubernatorial Potential Candidates

Gubernatorial Race 2019 – Potential Candidates Paint Different Views for Mississippi

When the two highest-profile potential candidates for the gubernatorial race in 2019 spoke at Founders Square at the Neshoba County Fair on August 1, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Attorney General Jim Hood painted two very different views of the state of Mississippi’s economy and future prospects.

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PERS

PERS Announces Vote to Increase the Amount of Employer Contributions

It was a move that everyone who has followed the problems of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) of Mississippi has known was coming for years. PERS recently announced its board of trustees voted to increase the amount of employer contributions from worker salaries for the pension fund to 17.4 percent, starting July 1, 2019.

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Online Sales Tax

What Will the Legislature Do with the Additional Revenue from Online Use Taxes?

The big question is what will the Legislature do with the additional revenue from online use taxes? There are calls to apply it to infrastructure such as roads and bridges. Right now, the use tax revenues mostly go to the general fund. What about municipalities?

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Civil Asset Forfeiture

MS Bureau of Narcotics Unveils Civil Asset Forfeiture Database

Mississippi took a small step toward transparency this week as the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics unveiled its new online civil asset forfeiture database.

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Tourism Taxes

City and County Tourism Taxes – Part II: Is Money Being Well Spent?

Every year, the Mississippi Legislature approves more local taxes on hotels and restaurants, which are renewed with little to no opposition. The governor has signed 78 percent of all reauthorization bills in the last five legislative session. Is that money being well spent?

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