The Mississippi Tax Freedom Act
Season 2, Ep. 7
Some members of the House are calling it a historic day for tax policy in MississippiThe House approved a plan to phase out the state’s income tax within 10 years. Lawmakers say it will return $1.9 billion to the pockets of Mississippians. Gov. Reeves says he finds parts of the bill troublesome. Measures to eliminate the state’s “pink tax” died in both chambers. Anti-hazing policies for colleges and universities are moving through the legislature.
Historic winter weather brings legislative action to a near halt
Season 2, Ep. 6
Severe winter weather caused lawmakers in the House to convene via ZOOM for the first time in state history. Senators met in-person, despite the ice and snow, to pass a bill that would purge some of Mississippi's voter rolls. The Senate voted unanimously for a plan they hope will simplify tax incentives in the state. Senate bill 2822 is the Mississippi Flexible Tax Incentive Act, also called MFLEX. The House is considering a proposal to allow voters to decide whether to temporarily increase the state's gas tax. Revenue from the increase would go to improvement projects on highways and local roads and bridges.
Medical marijuana, transgender athletes, Medicaid expansion
Season 2, Ep. 5
Lawmakers worked past midnight to pass a medical marijuana alternativebill.Lawmakers in the Senate vote to ban transgender athletes from competing in women's athletics. An effort to purge voter rolls passes along party lines. The Senate passed the Miss. Medical Cannabis Act as a backup planifInitiative 65 is struckdownby the courts. Republicans in the Senate rejected two plans to expand Medicaid, butanexpansionplanto care for sick inmates heads to the House.
Lawmakers mark deadline to pass bills out of committee
Season 2, Ep. 4
The Senate passes bills to create a teacher loan repayment program and expand broadbandLawmakers marked the first big deadline to pass bills out of committee. The Senate passed bills to create a teacher loan repayment program and expand broadband to rural areas. Lawmakers also drafted a medical marijuana bill as Initiative 65 goes before the state’s highest court.
Gov. Reeves delivers his second State of the State speech
Season 2, Ep. 3
Gov. Reeves says his top priority is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in Miss.Gov. Reeves says he supports a teacher pay increase, eliminating the state's income tax, and speeding up COVID-19 vaccine distribution. It's week three of the 2021 legislative session and lawmakers are up against a deadline. Committees are expected to decide on all general bills and constitutional amendments originating in each chamber by early next week.
Teachers in Miss. Could soon see a pay increase
Season 2, Ep. 2
A $1,000 teacher pay raise passes the Senate unanimouslyThe Senate voted to give a $1,000 raise to teachers with at least three years’ experience. Newer teachers would get $1,100 to make the job more attractive. The plan heads to the House. Legislative leaders said Thursday that committees will begin conducting some business online starting next week, after at least two senators and one House member tested positive for the coronavirus.
It’s official. Mississippi is flying a new state flag.
Season 2, Ep. 1
Ratifying a new state flag topped the agenda for lawmakers at the start of the 2021 session.As the 2021 legislative session convenes, lawmakers move swiftly to ratify the “In God We Trust” flag. During a ceremony, Gov. Tate Reeves signs the flag bill into law and new flags are raised atop the Capitol in Jackson. A proposed $1,000 teacher pay raise bill is moving through the Senate. Members of the Legislative Black Caucus are outlining their priorities for the 2021 session.
@Issue Special: Mississippi's Debate Over Legalizing Medical Marijuana
In this @Issue Special, host Wilson Stribling moderates a debate over the two initiatives on the ballot that could allow for the legalization of medical marijuana in Mississippi. Guests include Angie Calhoun of Medical Marijuana 2020 and Jim Perry of the State Board of Health.