Mississippi Ballot Initiatives Part III: Voter ID

As you go to the polls this November 2nd, you will be asked to answer the following questions on your ballot:
Initiative 26:
Should the term “person” be defined to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent thereof?
Initiative 31:
Should government be prohibited from taking private property by eminent domain and then transferring it to other persons?
Initiative 27:
Should the Mississippi Constitution be amended to require a person to submit government issued photo identification in order to vote?
Last month, we discussed Personhood Defined, and in the July issue, Eminent Domain was discussed. In this final part of this three-part series, the issue of Voter ID is the topic. (more…)

Mississippi Ballot Initiatives Part II: Personhood Defined

By Melody Worsham
Ballot Initiatives are the process by which the general population of a state can vote on a change to law. In Mississippi, the initiative process was first adopted in 1912, but was shot down by the state’s Supreme Court on a technicality. But in 1992, state legislators re-approved the measure with 70% of the senate supporting it. The state’s process is an “indirect initiative,” meaning that proposals are approved by the legislature before they are presented to the voters. (more…)

Mississippi Ballot Initiatives Part I: Eminent Domain

By Melody Worsham
In November, Mississippians will be looking at a very lengthly ballot. We will be voting for Governor and several other state officers, including Treasurer and Attorney General. We will also be choosing our U.S. representatives and senators. What Mississippi’s voters do not always get to do is vote on changes to the state’s constitution by placing them on the ballot. This year, on November 2nd, we will have the opportunity to vote on three ballot initiatives: Eminent Domain, Voter ID, and the Definition of Personhood. In the first part of this three-part series, the issue of Eminent Domain is the topic. (more…)

Q&A with Congressman Steven Palazzo

The Republican party of South Mississippi has spoken, and has put their ultimate faith in you.  Your leadership and guidance is what matters most.  How do you plan to implement change within our government?
“I am proud to be part of a conservative majority committed to restoring the public’s trust in government by stopping the out of control spending and working towards a smaller government that is accountable to the American people.  Two weeks ago, we voted to reduce the Congressional budget by five percent across the board and will save U.S. taxpayers $35 million. While it is a small amount compared to the debt this Congress inherited from its predecessor, it’s a signal to the American people that we are serious about reducing the size of government and restoring their trust in their elected officials.” (more…)

Year End Tax Tips Tax Moves to Lower Your Tax Bill

Typically people rely on a standard set of year-end tax planning techniques such as deferring income to the following year and accelerating deductions into the current year. Examples of these types of tactics are holding off on selling investments with gains until later or paying tax deductions such as property tax or charity donations.
For the year 2010 there’s an extra twist on these traditional tax planning techniques. For one thing, we know with certainty what the 2010 tax rates are. But the exact tax rates that will be in effect for 2011 is somewhat uncertain. As the law is currently written, all the tax rates will change for 2011. (more…)