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Undoing procurement reform

Ever since the state legislature passed procurement reform, there has been a constant effort to repeal the reforms. This session is no different. State Rep. Jerry Turner, the leader of procurement reform in the House, is in a battle to preserve reverse auctions. Reps.


Gerrymandered

We don’t know that Mississippi Senate District 22, even with its majority-black voting-age population, is racially gerrymandered, as federal Judge Carlton Reeves has ruled. We do know that it’s politically gerrymandered.



When politicians direct capital

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

Bad things often happen when politicians direct capital. A recent lead editorial in The Wall Street Journal provided some examples. One was some of the highest electric rates in the country. That sounds like Mississippi Power’s monopoly service area in southeast Mississippi. But the WSJ editorial was about California’s PG&E utility.





Film incentives are a losing deal for the taxpayers

By BRETT KITTREDGE,

The prospect of a movie star eating at a local restaurant or a movie being filmed in your home town is appealing to most people. Yet it shouldn’t be funded by taxpayers.

Mississippi is one of the numerous states that offer taxpayer-funded film incentives to Hollywood producers in an attempt to have movies shot in the Magnolia State.


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Two area high schools have started what will be an annual competition to raise money for waterfowl conservation.