#MSSen: Espy rides his horse through Jackson

 

DAILY JOURNAL – FEC: Kelly received contributions exceeding limits in 2015

U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly, who represents Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District, received “excessive contributions” totaling $75,100 when he first captured the north Mississippi House seat in 2015.

The Federal Election Commission found that Kelly, a Republican and former district attorney from Tupelo:

• Received campaign contributions from four individuals totaling $25,200 that exceeded the limit of $2,700 that a person can donate during an election cycle.



• Received a loan of $50,000 – $49,900 of which exceeded the campaign limits because they were guaranteed by an individual other than the candidate, thus, they were considered contributions.

The issues, according to the FEC audit, were resolved during the investigation with the loan being repaid and contributions returned.

The commission rejected a finding by the staff that the $50,000 loan be considered a prohibited contribution, which is considered a more serious charge.

#MSSen: Context matters – McDaniel camp tries to hit Hyde-Smith over SuperPAC contribution

 

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN – Analysis: Even modest revenue growth good news for lawmakers

Despite the good news, state agencies have launched into what will be another stringent budget year, with total spending expected to dip slightly. Many agencies would still like to recoup what they lost in budget cuts after lawmakers decreased those revenue estimates.



“I’m hoping that, come January, we’ll be sitting in a position where we can do something,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman John Read, a Gautier Republican.

Exactly how much the state had left over after June 30 won’t be clear until summer’s end, as it takes agencies time to officially close the books. Normally, most of the leftover money would be split between the state’s rainy day savings account and capital improvements.

But there will be other issues for lawmakers to decide. If they’re called into special session to find more money for roads and bridges, as Gov. Phil Bryant has promised, leftover money from 2018 could be a tempting target for a quick spending boost.

MBJ – Bill Crawford: Is government the problem or part of the answer to rural poverty?

A decade ago, Dr. Marianne Hill, former senior economist with the Center for Policy Research and Planning at Mississippi IHL, published an article entitled “Solving the Poverty Issue in Mississippi.” In it she provided a succinct solution, “The solution to poverty is straightforward, in a sense: economic and social development that penetrates all communities and population groups would reduce poverty to a manageable minimum.”
 
“Full-time, year-round employment would enable many to escape poverty,” she wrote, though such employment is not available in all communities. She added that “education is basic to well-paid employment” and “social safety nets” such as subsidized health insurance, child care, food stamps, youth mentoring, drug and prison rehabilitation programs “can be effective in preventing or reducing poverty.”
 
Two perspectives. The economic freedom perspective would de-fund government and get it out of the way to allow those able to prosper to do so on their own. Dr. Hill’s perspective sees a role for government spending to help poor individuals without skills and resources and to help rural communities attract jobs.
 
Which makes most sense for rural Mississippi?

Sen. Wicker promotes Telehealth

 

MS TODAY – What it’s like being a young African American woman reporting in Mississippi

 

WAPT – Higher education commissioner plans 13-stop listening tour

Mississippi’s new commissioner of higher education plans a listening tour to meet with students, faculty, staff and others.

Commissioner Al Rankins Jr. became the leader of the state’s eight public universities on July 1, taking over for the retiring Glenn Boyce. Rankins had been the president of Alcorn State University since 2014. Before that, he was a deputy commissioner of higher education and a professor at Mississippi State University.

Wicker, Hyde-Smith, Palazzo announces safe room funding for PineBelt

 

WTOK – Mississippi updating voter registration deadline for runoffs

The Mississippi NAACP, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Mississippi Center for Justice sent a letter to the state’s top election official in June. It said that under the National Voter Registration Act, people should be able to vote in runoffs if they’re registered at least 30 days before the runoff, not 30 days before the initial election.

The secretary of state’s office has agreed, in a letter released Friday

Memorial site unveiled for Yanky 72 

 

WDAM – Hattiesburg town hall meeting to be held to discuss decriminalization of marijuana

A town hall meeting will be held Monday, July 16 to discuss the decriminalization of marijuana in Hattiesburg.

Ward 2 Councilwoman Deborah Delgado presented her standing of this proposal at a July 2 Hattiesburg City work session…

…The following guest speakers will be in attendance:

  • Jackson City Councilman, DeKeither Stamps
  • ACLU of MS Executive Director Jennifer Riley Collins, Esq.
  • Christina Dent, Back Porch Drug Policy Forum
  • Greg Prine, Community Activist
  • Jackson City Councilman Aaron Banks