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Baby bust’s effect on public schools

Mississippi public school enrollment is set to steadily shrink. In 2007, Mississippi had 46,455 births, about 127 per day. In...

Empower releases 2022 annual report

After two years advocating for comprehensive tax reform, our efforts – along with the tireless work of many others – resulted in the largest tax cut in state history. The Mississippi Tax Freedom Act...

House passes full expensing bill

Empower Mississippi CEO Grant Callen commended the Mississippi House of Representatives for passing House Bill 1733, which will provide businesses the ability to deduct the cost of equipment in the year it is put...

A Tax Cut with No Revenue Loss – and More Jobs

Would you believe we can cut taxes in a way that will create more jobs and boost our economy – with no long-term loss of revenue to the state? Normally, when a business buys...

Legislature hits next major deadline

On Thursday, the legislature hit their latest major deadline of the session. All “general bills” (the ones that create or change laws) and constitutional amendments had to pass the chamber they originated in. A...

HB 1173: Teacher supply cards for public charter school teachers

House Bill 1173, authored by Rep. Richard Bennett, would provide charter school teachers with teacher supply cards.  This would be the same debit cards provided to teachers in traditional public schools that help pay...

What’s Still Alive in the Legislature?

Two major deadlines occurred this week that affect legislation. The deadline for filing to run for re-election was Wednesday afternoon, and while that doesn’t directly affect this year’s session, it does indirectly. Some legislators,...

What’s still alive after Tuesday’s deadline?

Most general bills that were introduced this session died after failing to advance when lawmakers hit the first major deadline of the 2023 legislative session on Tuesday. All bills had to clear the committee...

SB 2160: Move Function of Cosmetology and Barber Boards to Health Department

Senate Bill 2160, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Blackwell, would dissolve the Boards of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners and move the operations to the Department of Health. The bill would also provide a pathway to...

Finding hope in the hopelessness of prison

Eleven times Deborah Mosby had been before the state parole board – and eleven times she had been denied. “I knew on that eleventh time going into the hearing that I wasn’t going to...

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