Monthly Archives: April 2011

Mississippians’ Love of Free Markets

A common U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Tea Party refrain is to let the “free market” take care of things and eliminate government regulation. Despite careless, risky company actions leading to the BP oil spill and Wall Street financial crisis, … Continue reading

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Hank Bounds and the Neverending Story

Hank Bounds brought his bugle to town last week, sounding reveille to business, education, church, and community leaders. It was déjà vu all over again. Or is it the neverending story? The IHL Commissioner didn’t trumpet the universities he oversees. … Continue reading

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Here Comes Mr. Tax Increase

Naturally, it was the Temptations who sang our song, “Get Ready.” Back in the day, Mississippi shunned federal funds. But the temptations became too great. Jamie Whitten, John Stennis, and Thad Cochran became powerful chairman of congressional Appropriations Committees. And … Continue reading

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Mississippi’s Total Debt Burden High and Growing

In January, credit rating agency Moody’s announced it would begin adding states’ unfunded pension liabilities to bond debt to calculate “total debt burden.” Using its new figures, Moody’s named states with the highest burdens, including Mississippi. Moody’s also compared its … Continue reading

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