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What’s the cost? Act that makes tax avoidance easier signed into law without fiscal note

Earlier this week, HB 799 was signed into law, which, among other things, will make it easier for multistate corporations to justify shifting income earned in MS out of state to avoid corporate income taxes and will lighten penalties for non-payment of taxes for sales and individual income taxpayers.  How much will that cost us?  It depends on who you ask. 

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What should we do with our surplus?

 
MERIDIAN — State revenueThe state’s income from any source. Mississippi revenue includes: tax collections, fees, and intergovernmental grants. surplus more than we expected, not more than we need.

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HB 799 Conference Report will make it even harder for the DOR to fight tax avoidance

Conference report changes to HB 799 fail to address our concerns about limiting the Department of RevenueThe state’s income from any source. Mississippi revenue includes: tax collections, fees, and intergovernmental grants.The Mississippi Department of RevenueThe state’s income from any source. Mississippi revenue includes: tax collections, fees, and intergovernmental grants.

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What should we do with our surplus? Reserves and one-time money not the only concerns for Mississippi’s financial health

Do we really have a surplus in the state budget?  It depends on what you mean by surplus. The surplus created by the recent increase in revenueThe state’s income from any source. Mississippi revenue includes: tax collections, fees, and intergovernmental grants. estimates means that we have more money than we expected, not that we have more than we need.

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Is Obamacare Finally "Winning"?

A longtime staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act decided to support expanding Medicaid in his state this week, adding to the list of conservatives who are having a change of heart on the issue, as advocates (as well as hospitals and other industry forces) continue to lobby hard for states to take full advantage of the federal funding provided in the ACA. At the same time, lawmakers from states including Mississippi continued their efforts to push for expansion as well. As full enactment of the law draws closer and closer, progressive lawmakers are growing bolder in their advocacy for full implementation of the ACA, and events this week signaled a clear shift in the political terrain in favor of supporters of health reform:

SCOTUS to Take Center Stage on Voting Rights Act, Marriage Equality

In the coming weeks, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two high-profile challenges affecting states directly: Shelby County v. Holder, a challenge to the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, as well as two cases on same-sex marriage. Arguments in the Voting Rights Act case are scheduled for February 27th, while arguments in the two marriage cases, Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor, are set for late March. States and the Obama administration are already filing briefs in advance of both cases. At the same time, efforts to advance marriage equality continued this week in state legislatures including Minnesota and New Jersey:

Opposition to Obamacare Shows Signs of Weakening

With a Supreme Court decision and a presidential election now come and gone, conservatives in many states seem to be having second thoughts about their opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, progressive lawmakers in Iowa and Michigan signaled they were set to introduce legislation on Medicaid expansion:

Voter Suppression Campaigns Hit Roadblocks

As “The Year of Voter ID” continues, pushback from outraged voters in a number of venues is leading to a growing realization that these supposed efforts to maintain election integrity are actually intended to suppress the vote this November. As a result, backers of voter suppression measures are facing unexpected obstacles at both the state and federal level in their efforts to tilt the electoral scales.

Mississippi Avoids Alabama's Mistakes on Immigration

Legislators in Mississippi refused to bring up HB 488 for a committee vote last Tuesday — effectively killing the anti-immigrant measure modeled off of Arizona and Alabama’s controversial and economically devastating laws.

While Some States Debate 21st Century Internet, Others Consider Returning to 19th Century

A rash of backward thinking appears to be taking hold in a number of states that might be better spending their time considering how to create modern technology jobs and skills at home. Some states are considering how best to deploy modern high-speed Internet to ensure their local economies and residents are ready to compete in the global marketplace. But in other states, legislators are debating whether telephone service should be offered at all - leaving many observers wondering whether they would prefer to live in the 19th century, before Alexander Graham Bell's invention became ubiquitous.