WTOK – 3rd Congressional District GOP Forum
Tonight's GOP 3rd Congressional District forum has begun. It will continue until 7 p.m.
Posted by The Meridian Star on Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Hyde-Smith comments on new NFL National Anthem rule
Standing for the anthem is about respecting the service of those who fight for our freedoms. Their sacrifice has given NFL players the chance to make millions and live out their dream. As your U.S. Senator, I will ALWAYS stand for the American Flag!https://t.co/WyfbumJacW
— Cindy Hyde-Smith (@cindyhydesmith) May 24, 2018
Congressman Harper chairs hearing Examining the Olympic Community’s Ability to Protect Athletes from Sexual Abuse
A Mississippi judge says he will not order the governor to reopen local bridges that are in poor condition.
In April, Gov. Phil Bryant ordered the closure of more than 100 bridges that he said were structurally unsafe.
Supervisors from Jasper and Smith counties filed a lawsuit May 2, saying the governor had overstepped his authority. The suit asked a judge to block the governor’s action.
Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary has denied the supervisors’ request.
I am pleased with the court’s decision. My only motivation for declaring the state of emergency was to ensure public safety, which will remain my most important responsibility and my highest priority. https://t.co/AAiAaKU7IN
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) May 24, 2018
WJTV – Evers’ home designated as national landmark
Sen. Wicker introduces MAP Broadband Act
Today, I introduced the #MAPBroadbandAct with @SenatorHassan & @JerryMoran to address the @FCC‘s seriously-flawed mobile coverage map, which threatens to exclude many rural communities from much-needed wireless broadband support. ➡ https://t.co/BRrDmlesH1 pic.twitter.com/AKES1YtYc3
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) May 24, 2018
Hosemann says counties will be able to determine what their needs are, and apply to his office for the federal money, ahead of upcoming elections.
“Some of it will be used for statewide election management, SEMS, that’s the one that keeps up with everybody in whole state that is registered to vote, about 1.8 million of us, the rest of it and majority of it will be distributed to counties on a voting age population basis. They will have to apply to us, like the former HAVA grants, ones in 2005 after President Bush and Gore, they will apply, tell us what they will use them for, we approve and send them the money,” Hosemann said.
Hosemann’s office is kicking in about $224,000 in a matching grant, bringing the total to $4.7 million in state and federal funds to help make sure elections run smoothly.
Congressman Palazzo welcomes home Chief of Staff
Welcome home to my Chief of Staff, Hunter Lipscomb. Thank you for your service overseas. Glad to have you back. pic.twitter.com/t6RYxGI4IV
— Cong. Steven Palazzo (@CongPalazzo) May 24, 2018
The increase in the use-tax revenue has provided much needed funds for the state to offset the sluggish collections of other sources of revenue, such as the corporate tax and the income tax, as well as the sales tax.
But the increase in collections of the use tax – a 7 percent tax on items purchased from out of state, such as automobiles or on the internet and catalog sales – is doing nothing to help municipal governments with their budget needs.
The bottom line is that the municipalities receive a portion of the sales tax revenue – a flat revenue source for many cities and a declining source for others – but do not receive a share of the use-tax revenue, a growing source of funds.
The slowdown in the sales-tax collections comes at a time municipalities are looking for additional funds to help with growing infrastructure needs. Now, they might have to deal with the fact their funds received from sales tax is static or declining in some instances.
CLARION LEDGER – US Senate candidate Scott takes on election for major changes
During a phone interview with the Clarion Ledger, U.S. Senate candidate Jensen Bohren’s cellphone plan ran out of minutes, dropping the call.
The 35-year-old from Benton quickly ran across the street to use his neighbor’s.
“I’m poor,” Bohren said. “I haven’t pushed that fact, but I think it’s evident when I’m campaigning and I’m doing it in a Walmart, or the mall. And my jacket doesn’t fit.”
Bohren is one of three lesser-known and low-funded candidates running in the Democratic primary for the seat held by Incumbent U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, including Jerone Garland, a chemist, and Victor Maurice, a concrete layer. None of them has held political office.
Despite slim chances, these candidates express common frustrations with the political process — the stronghold of special interests — as they seek representation for Everyman.
Sen. Hyde-Smith glad to see bill signing “fixing #DoddFrank”
Thank you, @POTUS, for signing the bill to begin fixing #DoddFrank. That flawed law has been a burden on small & community banks and, importantly, the small businesses & families that rely on them. Now looking forward to more investments to spur job creation. #relief4mainstreet https://t.co/Q9ntkm1oAY
— U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (@SenHydeSmith) May 24, 2018
Mississippi Today names R.L. Nave as editor-in-chief
We are pleased to announce @rlnave as editor-in-chief. He is an original member of our editorial team and has been news editor since August 2016. His leadership in the newsroom and dedication to aggressive fact finding and reporting will advance #MSToday’s editorial mission. pic.twitter.com/5i4t2wkEX8
— Mississippi Today (@MSTODAYnews) May 24, 2018