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N’siders want ability to pay for neighborhood improvements

Northsiders are again asking the state for the ability to tax themselves to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, under the artistic direction of Jennifer Beasley, will present their annual production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” December 8-9 at the Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center.

LEADERS in Massena Heights expect public access gates to begin going up in the next two to three weeks, following a recent vote by the Jackson City Council to allow them.

Americans made their way to the polls last week to have their voices heard in the midterm election.

Iva Dee Bondurant, a 102-year-old resident of Ridgeland, was no different, as she said taking part in the election was her civic duty.

While Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves wouldn’t support a bill that would help Jackson residents better preserve their property values, he did back at least 12 other tax bills during the 2018 legislative session.

Operation Shoestring turned 50 this year, and to celebrate, the nonprofit organization has a major event later this month. Executive Director Robert Langford has led the organization for 22 years.





Tax hypocrisy

Earlier this year, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves didn’t want to pass CID legislation because he didn’t want it to impact residents living on fixed incomes.

That logic apparently only applies to residents in Jackson.



Biting the hand

Another interesting development in Tuesday’s elections was the passage of initiatives in three Republican-dominated states to expand Medicaid to the working poor.

In a fourth state, a Democratic governor was elected who is expected to sign off on the expansion that had been vetoed by his GOP predecessor.


Mississippi test score progress

Mississippi has made progress toward catching up with the rest of the nation in the academic achievement of its students.

According to a report released this week, Mississippi over the past 12 years has shown more improvement in math and reading scores on a respected national test than the U.S. average.






Trying Again

By ANTHONY WARREN,

N’siders want ability to pay for neighborhood improvements

Northsiders are again asking the state for the ability to tax themselves to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

And again, they’re gearing up for a battle with the lieutenant governor, who for years has refused to let them do it.



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