For now, public employees in Mississippi can breathe easy

Remember the serious discussion of state pension funds during this year’s legislative session? You don’t?

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An accurate counting of all Mississippians hard to come by

Americans, it’s time to stand up and be counted … or not. The year 2020 looms and the U.S. Bureau of the Census is gearing up to do as the Constitution commands. (A cynical person would say something about how few constitutional directives are heeded these days, but let’s not be cynical.)

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Wicker is no Trump, despite what he says

With apologies to Lloyd Bentsen, Mississippians have watched the career of Roger Wicker for a while. Roger Wicker is no Donald Trump.
It has been disheartening to watch and listen as Wicker, now senior U.S. senator from Mississippi, positions himself more and more in the president’s pocket and less and less in line with the thoughtful and sincere conservatism that had defined his career.
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No state money for MPB

Tucked into Section 12 of House Bill 1593 was a directive to Mississippi Public Broadcasting: “…Initiate a planning process to transition from receiving any state general funds beginning in Fiscal Year 2022.”
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Legislature does little, per usual

No spark. Another session fizzles toward adjournment. No great ideas. No bold initiatives. No coordinated strategies to make Mississippi better.
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McDaniel changes tune in blink of an eye

Roger Wicker is a pinko. Yes, he claims to be conservative, but every other Tuesday at 5 a.m. he goes to Nancy Pelosi’s house to give her a pedicure. Mississippi’s junior U.S. senator stands in the way of our great leader, Donald Trump. And the flag. Don’t forget, Wicker hates Mississippi’s flag.
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Reeves rebuked by his own party

On March 1, the state Senate said no to the leadership’s plan to change how state money is distributed to public K-12 schools. Next came the weekend. On March 5, Thad Cochran, Mississippi’s senior and super delegate to the U.S. Senate announced his resignation.
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Someone should propose tiered permitting keyed to firepower

OK. Deep breath. In Mississippi, the state has a wringer. It puts citizens who ask to pack firearms where otherwise not allowed through that wringer. The wringer is so good that not one incident of weapons misuse by a state-certified enhanced carry permit holder has ever been reported.
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Lawmakers selective with local control

A prime talking point for legislative advocates of charter schools this year is “local control.”

It sounds so very appealing, harkens to the day when there was no officious intermeddling (and it is often officious intermeddling) from Jackson and Washington, D.C. Yes, in the one-room schoolhouse good old days, all teachers knew the families of all students and all families knew all teachers. Indeed, one of the stated objectives in a makeover of Jackson Public Schools is to make each school building a center of community life.

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Back-scratching with ad dollars tough to limit

A timid attempt was made last year to keep elected officials from spending your money to tell you what a great job they’re doing. It didn’t get far. A small band of lawmakers is trying again. The situation looks better.

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