Monthly Archives: July 2016

Legislative Groups Should Target Declining Communities, Disconnected Youth

As legislators gather in their working groups to study programs and budgets, they should also take note of long-term phenomena with significant impacts. One of these is a downward spiral that can cripple communities. It’s named “The Iron Circle of … Continue reading

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Republicans Struggle to Find Smart Way to Budget

“Starving the beast” is a popular conservative approach to governance. “If they (legislators) don’t have the money, they can’t spend it,” one Republican operative explained, strongly endorsing this approach. True enough, but as another longtime Mississippi leader told me, “‘Starve … Continue reading

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2016 Puts Reeves’ Fiscal Credibility on the Line

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves has put his fiscal credibility on the line. The former investment banker told voters in 2011 he was “a true, proven fiscal conservative with a record of executive leadership who will take the difficult stance necessary … Continue reading

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As K-12 Performance Improves, What about Colleges and Universities?

Education is the pathway to success. It starts early. More children succeeding in kindergarten means more have a chance to succeed in school. Children in every school district are doing better in kindergarten, reports the Mississippi Department of Education. “Our … Continue reading

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Without a Creator Can Men Be Created Equal?

Next week we celebrate our founding fathers’ 1776 decision to declare independence from England. In so doing they laid down the principles that would guide the new nation. Their Declaration of Independence began: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, … Continue reading

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