Monthly Archives: April 2017

Public Contract Reforms Unsung But Epic

As the dismal saga of bribery and extortion swirling around former Commissioner Chris Epps and Mississippi Department of Corrections contracts continues to make headlines, epic reforms to the public contracting process slipped through the Legislature with scant media attention. Longtime … Continue reading

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A Peek behind Legislative Leaders’ Spending Rhetoric

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn are touting their great success this year in holding down the cost of government. “We Republicans have campaigned for many, many years that we are for living within our means, we … Continue reading

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Legislature Needs Rightsizing Too

Republican legislators insist they are making the right moves to “rightsize” state government, which includes shrinking the state budget. If they mean what they say, the Legislature, itself, should be on the rightsizing menu too. Mississippi has one of the … Continue reading

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Republican Leaders Turn Legislative Session into Fiasco

Give it a break, guys. The we-can’t-spend-money-we-don’t-have argument is just a little too false-hearted. The GOP talking point was embellished by House Public Health Committee Chairman Sam Mills: “What I always tell my children, gentlemen, is that we can’t print money,” Mims … Continue reading

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Stores Closed by Online Competition Affect Community Finances

J.C. Penney announced it will close five stores in Mississippi communities – Columbus, Corinth, Greenville, Meridian, and Oxford. Earlier Sears announced three closures in Columbus, Jackson, and McComb, with more to come. Even Wal-Mart has closed stores, in Belmont, Mantachie, … Continue reading

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Fuel Diversification Real Lignite Plant Issue for PSC

What will natural gas prices look like over the next 40 years? Well, over the past 20 years, prices recorded at the dominant Henry Hub distribution center in Erath, LA, ranged from a low of $1.05 per million Btu to … Continue reading

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