Editorials

Depends on who you ask

Gov. Phil Bryant was bragging again recently about how low Mississippi’s jobless rate has fallen. The December unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, the lowest it’s been during that month in decades.

On Facebook, the governor posted that the December “number of jobs is the most ever recorded in Mississippi.”










State House moves on roads

With no dissenting votes, the House approved a bill that, if it becomes law, would apply about $100 million from the 1.5 percent “use tax” to roads and bridges. This tax is paid on products shipped from outside Mississippi for use or consumption in the state.


Sharing the use tax

It will take a while to get a good feel for how much Mississippi can expect to collect a year in sales taxes on online purchases. The behemoth of the online business, Amazon.com, started about a year ago kicking over the money, and some others have done so voluntarily.




Good job on deregulation

The Mississippi Legislature’s reform of restrictive occupational licensing hurdles deserves praise. It is a model for reform nationwide. The new law creates the Occupational Licensing Review Commission composed of the Governor, the Secretary of State and the Attorney General.


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The Home Place has been a part of the Northside community since 1946, but Lucille Nichols is who really makes it feel like home.