Mississippi’s state employees are griping because they again may not get an across-the-board raise. Schoolteachers are griping because the raise they may get is less than they believe is deserved.
One of the main factors, though, holding down their pay is the steadily rising cost of what it takes to provide them with their pensions.
Delbert Hosemann is a spry 71. He has the slim build of the longtime long-distance runner he is. Although he’s not done a half-marathon in two years, he still runs 3 or 4 miles every other day and keeps a 9-minute-per-mile pace. That wouldn’t be shabby for someone 30 years younger.
It’s been apparent for months that Cindy Hyde-Smith’s strategy to winning next month’s special election for the U.S. Senate is to ride the endorsement of Donald Trump — and not say or do anything that could possibly upset the erratic president.
When Betsy DeVos visited Holmes County this month, nary a word was spoken by the U.S. secretary of education about school choice, the innovation that she has championed for decades and for which she has been most criticized by public school advocates.
Mississippi messed up when it went largely with touchscreen voting machines as the best way to upgrade its old lever-style equipment.
It messed up again when it allowed counties to disconnect the external printers attached to those touchscreen machines.