As of Monday, both the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and Gov. Phil Bryant have settled on at least projected budgets and revenue figures for Mississippi in Fiscal Year 2016, which begins in July but will be decided in the 2015 session. The budgets differ in some substance but not in their generally conservative spirit, which […]

“You’ve got to be taught to hate…” – Oscar Hammerstein, “South Pacific” ––––– The murder on Tuesday of five people and the serious wounding of several others while they were praying at a synagogue in Jerusalem is only the latest in a continuing pattern of violence and hatred directed against Israel and the Jewish people. […]

Since the next time we visit in this space will be Black Friday, let me offer some Thanksgiving musings earlier than most and suggest that a week’s concentration on gratitude might be a good thing. Here are a few things for which I’m particularly thankful: • A community whose quality of life even outsiders care […]

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Supporters of the Lee County Public School District on Tuesday awarded 20 grants totaling $28,659.81 for academic investment beyond regular resources, with the ExPECT (Exceptional Progress in Education through Curriculum and Technology) program pulling backers together to raise the money for grants made to teachers based on formal project applications. The recipient teachers will use […]

Gov. Phil Bryant presented an executive budget recommendation that addresses some of the thorny issues that he will confront along with the Republican legislative majority, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn. Let’s see, there’s a tax cut plan for low-to-moderate income Mississippians. There’s a pledge to reduce the tax burden on small […]

Elizabeth Warren was doing Tuesday what Elizabeth Warren usually does: sticking up for the little guy. The populist Democratic senator from Massachusetts was in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, hosting an event to push Wal-Mart to raise wages and improve working conditions. “No one in this country should work full time and still live in […]

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