Columbia’s sales tax collections in December grew 3.2 percent versus the year before, signaling strong Christmas sales that outperformed the state average and other cities in the region.
Bill Waller Jr. has suddenly made the Republican primary for governor in Mississippi more challenging than the presumed front-runner, Tate Reeves, was anticipating.
There has been yet another disease outbreak, this one of the measles in Washington state. It once again makes the case that Mississippi’s policy of refusing to grant religious or philosophical vaccination exemptions is the wisest and safest course of action.
Recently it was announced that Mississippi ranked 49th in overall health in 2018, according to the United Health Foundation, and that the Mississippi High School Activities Association would be adding a pilot video game program in 60 schools.
Think there’s a correlation?
There are already plenty of reasons to worry about a recession coming along soon. For starters, the U.S. economy — though not Mississippi’s — has been growing for a decade. The national unemployment rate has been below 4 percent for the last 10 months. By most measurements, we’re overdue for a downturn.
Author and economic development consultant Quint Studer sees a lot of different communities and makes an interesting point about what makes Columbia stand out: He noted during a talk to the Marion County Development Partnership that he rarely finds a locally owned bank and was encouraged to see that in Columbia.
If there is a state agency in Mississippi that should be required to be more transparent, not less, it’s the Department of Corrections. Yet, Pelicia Hall, the head of that agency, was asking a panel of lawmakers last week to relieve MDOC of some of the requirements of the state Public Records Act.
Mississippi has 29 independent occupational boards that license workers from barbers to public accountants.
The stated reason they exist is legitimate: To ensure professionals have the proper credentials so that the public is not ripped off or injured.
Politicians are expected to give a rosy picture during their executive addresses. And especially when it’s their final one before leaving office, as it was for Gov. Phil Bryant Tuesday, then the speech is a way to frame the discussion about their legacy.
Momentum is building across Mississippi to allow rural electric cooperatives to provide high-speed internet. The state House Public Utilities Committee passed a bill Monday that would do so, and it seems likely that the idea will ultimately pass with support from both Republicans and Democrats.