Monthly Archives: December 2011

Weaker PERS Needs Legislative Doctoring

You hear that ever louder sucking sound? That’s the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) ginning up to suck an extra $270 million out of schools, cities, counties, colleges, and state agencies beginning in July. Don’t blame PERS though. It has … Continue reading

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Could Coercive Budget Discipline Save Us All?

Are you paying attention to Europe’s financial crisis? If your retirement check depends upon investment returns, you should be. Europe’s turmoil has been whacking international stock markets. It’s all about the pigs. Well, not exactly. Pigs is the homophone for … Continue reading

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Skilled Workforce Takes Extra Money

Workforce development is the single most important thing Mississippi can do to attract high-paying, high-skill jobs.” So said Governor Haley Barbour at the recent West Alabama – East Mississippi Mayors’ Regional Summit held in Meridian. Of course, Barbour has been … Continue reading

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Washington Leaders Never Fail

The utter breakdown of Congress’s special “supercommittee,” empowered to defuse our ticking debt bomb, cannot be deemed a failure of leadership. Any who think so misconceive what leadership in Washington is all about. I admit to being one who slips … Continue reading

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