BILLY MCCOY McCoy cautions about politicians touching PERS system


NEMS360.com - : http://www.nems360.com/view/full_story/15498722/article-B...olumn BY: Billy McCoy Caution” is the word I’d suggest before any tampering with Mississippi’s Public Employees Retirement System by the 12-member commission appointed by the governor. Do not turn PERS over to politicians or Wall Street bankers. We have an independent board elected by participants in the system representing all categories … Continue reading BILLY MCCOY McCoy cautions about politicians touching PERS system

Three tiered turnover first since ’76


NEMS360.com - : http://www.nems360.com/view/full_story/15479671/article-T...olumn JACKSON – In January 1976, Jimmy Carter was winning the Iowa caucuses to set the stage for his surprise run to the presidency. Mississippi, meanwhile, was swearing in a new governor, lieutenant governor and speaker. It’s the last time the three most powerful positions in state government changed hands simultaneously – … Continue reading Three tiered turnover first since ’76

Budget–Performance still the goal


| The Clarion-Ledger | http://www.clarionledger.com: http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110909/OPINION01/1...ome|s The unusual turnover in key leadership positions of state government has raised questions about how the budget process should proceed. Officials working on the budget now will be turning over that responsibility to a new crop of budget-writers in January. Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant is the current chairman of … Continue reading Budget–Performance still the goal

Mississippi lawmakers set Sept. 19-22 public hearings to start planning budget for coming year


| The Republic: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/61f4a6842d714c7faf0...udget JACKSON, Miss. — Top lawmakers meet later this month to start planning Mississippi's budget — a process they'll hand off to new legislators who take office in January. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee announced Wednesday that it will hold public hearings Sept. 19-22 at the Woolfolk state office building, near the … Continue reading Mississippi lawmakers set Sept. 19-22 public hearings to start planning budget for coming year

Budget Early planning necessary


| The Clarion-Ledger | http://www.clarionledger.com: http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110907/OPINION01/1...ion|p Bryant proposed that the hearings be cancelled and instead that the committee meet with Gov. Haley Barbour to adopt a revenue estimate in November. Bryant says it would save taxpayers $20,000. Of course, it would also cut out the early planning on the critical budget issues lawmakers face. Perhaps … Continue reading Budget Early planning necessary

Minor–Mississippi makes a mess of self-government


Desoto Times Tribune > Opinion > Editorials > : http://www.desototimes.com/articles/2011/09/02/opinion/ed...9.txt Earlier this year, the Legislature muffed its job of redistricting itself under the 2010 Census and Gov. Haley Barbour, who has a state constitutional mandate to call lawmakers back to work exclusively on reapportionment, shows no sign of doing so. Right now, it looks as … Continue reading Minor–Mississippi makes a mess of self-government

Nash–Speculation Time!


redblue | The Clarion-Ledger | http://www.clarionledger.com: http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Catego...=Blog:36489e38-8ae6-4b2e-8841-0017ffb2c4ddPost:8d3981d9-23d2-4deb-aaf8-f1702f8c61cd&sid=sitelife.clarionledger.com Speculation Time. We know who will preside over the Senate next year. And we know who the returning Republican senators will be next year (except for Buck Clarke and Giles Ward). In other words, we know those GOP senators who have enough seniority to chair major committees. So, … Continue reading Nash–Speculation Time!

Political campaigns about winning at any cost?


| The Clarion-Ledger | http://www.clarionledger.com: http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110829/NEWS/108290...cost- But while candidates talk about cutting back on state spending, they've shown they are more than willing to fork over big bucks to get elected, and their supporters are more than willing to help them out. "Money is crucial for building name recognition and credibility in a campaign," said … Continue reading Political campaigns about winning at any cost?

Minor–History making DuPree win faces a grim Miss. reality


| The Clarion-Ledger | http://www.clarionledger.com: http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110826/OPINION/108...ion|p here's no question DuPree's win was good for black pride, but in the real world of politics in present-day Mississippi, black pride is not enough to take you past the winner's finish-line. While difficult for black Mississippians to accept this reality: No African-American can be elected to statewide office … Continue reading Minor–History making DuPree win faces a grim Miss. reality

Senators Fillingane and Hudson endorse Lynn Fitch for Treasurer


Fitch receives two local endorsements - WDAM - Channel 7 - Mississippi News, Hattiesburg, Laurel: http://www.wdam.com/story/15311339/fitch-receives-two-end...ments HATTIESBURG,MS (WDAM)- On the eve of the runoff elections Lynn Fitch received a stamp of approval from two Pine Belt senators. Senators Joey Fillingane and Billy Hudson were at the Chancery Court Building in downtown Hattiesburg to support Fitch, … Continue reading Senators Fillingane and Hudson endorse Lynn Fitch for Treasurer