Bobby Harrison

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I work out of the Mississippi Capitol, covering state government and politics for the Daily Journal.

Stories Written by Bobby Harrison

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Mississippi’s tax collections, sluggish for more than a year, took a dramatic nosedive in April. As a result of the dismal April collections, unless revenue collections dramatically increase before the end of the fiscal year on June 30, the state will collect less in recurring revenue […]

The Mississippi Legislature and Gov. Phil Bryant have quietly been revamping the state’s tax structure in recent years so that less of the tax burden falls on the state’s business community. The loudest and most significant shift will occur when, if as expected, Gov. Phil Bryant signs into law later this month Lt. Gov. Tate […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – State Sen. David Blount called the $415 million tax cut pending Gov. Phil Bryant’s signature “the most consequential” legislation of the 2016 session that will have a generational impact on the state. The tax cut, the bulk of which will go to the state’s business community, […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The percentage of state general fund revenue coming from business and corporate taxes for the upcoming fiscal year is projected to be at its lowest level since the depths of the Great Recession. For the upcoming 2017 fiscal year, which starts July 1, Mississippi’s financial experts […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – A proposal to establish a lottery in Mississippi, once incorporated into a bill legalizing the playing of fantasy sports, was defeated during the final, hectic days of the 2016 legislative session, which ended last week. The bill allowing the playing of fantasy sports was approved and […]

Safety has returned to the land. The Mississippi Legislature has in its wisdom, thankfully, ended the 2016 session. Life is again safe for children and puppies and proper ladies and gentlemen. After all, it was that brilliant philosopher, author, humorist Mark Twain who once said “no man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – In most instances, state legislators cut taxes at times of budget surpluses – not during periods of revenue shortfalls. Lawmakers took a different approach during the just-completed 2016 session of the Mississippi Legislature. At almost the same time the 2016 Legislature was concluding work on a […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Within minutes of the 2016 session ending Thursday replete with the largest tax cut in the state’s history, House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, committed to trying to pass comprehensive tax reform in the coming years. On the other side of the state Capitol, Lt. Gov. Tate […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant, dealing with ongoing sluggish revenue collections, confirmed Wednesday morning he is making a second round of budget cuts for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. The second-term Republican said this time the cuts will include education. He did say student financial […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – What has become known in the Mississippi Capitol as the “to-go cup” bill, was revived and passed Wednesday as one of the final acts of the 2016 legislative session. The bill will allow Tupelo, cities in the three Gulf Coast counties and 11 other cities across […]