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Mississippi bases to receive millions under new defense spending bill | Mississippi

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www.thecentersquare.com – By Steve Wilson | The Center Square – 2024-06-17 16:08:00

(The Center Square) – Mississippi bases and defense contractors could receive millions if the defense spending bill is signed into by .

The National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, would nearly $88 million for construction projects at Mississippi bases. Last year, bases in the Magnolia received $211.8 million.

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The measure would also provide money for several ship classes built at 's Ingalls Shipyard, $1.56 for the Flight II San Antonio class landing ship dock program, $61 million for the replacement for the America class amphibious assault ships and nearly $1.52 billion for Arleigh Burke class destroyers, both construction of new Flight III ships and updates for older ships of the class.

The construction projects include $34.5 million for a 10 megawatt generation plant and $11.16 million for underground electrical grid hardening at Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg, the largest state-owned field site for the Army National Guard. The post consists of 134,820 acres aid is used by Mississippi and other state National Guards, along with units from other services. 

Southaven's National Guard Readiness Center will receive $33 million. The Allen C. Thompson National Guard Base Field's fire crash and rescue center will receive $9.3 million. The base co-located at -Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport operates a squadron of C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft. 

The bill passed the full House by a 217-199 vote and will now head to the Senate. 

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Mississippi congressman’s field director says ‘don’t miss next time’ | National

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www.thecentersquare.com – By Steve Wilson | The Center Square – 2024-07-13 20:50:00

(The Center Square) – A now-deleted Facebook post by a staffer of Mississippi's lone Democrat congressman appeared to the attempted assassination of former on Saturday.

The deleted post by Jacqueline Marsaw, a field director for U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, said “I don't condone violence but please get you some shooting lessons so you don't miss next time ooops [sic] that wasn't me talking.”

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The Mississippi Republican Party's X account said Thompson should “FIRE his field director for condoning the attempted assassination of President @realDonaldTrump !!!” The post also said Democrats “must repudiate these despicable statements.”

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Trump was wounded in the ear and off the stage Saturday at a rally in Butler, Pa. by U.S. Secret Service agents and other law enforcement

In a post to X after the shooting, Thompson said “There is no room in American democracy for political violence. I am grateful for law enforcement's fast response to this incident. I am glad the former President is safe, and my and prayers go out to everyone involved.”

Thompson is the author of the Denying Infinite Security and Government Resources Allocated toward Convicted and Extremely Dishonorable Former Protectees Act. House Resolution 8081 would strip Secret Service protection for anyone convicted of a state or federal crime and to a year or more in prison. 

With Trump already been convicted in May of 34 counts in New York of falsifying business related to hush money paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels, the bill by the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Homeland Security is clearly aimed at the former president.

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The bill introduced on April 19 has yet to a committee hearing or a floor vote. 

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Tax revenues $181M above estimate | Mississippi

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www.thecentersquare.com – By Steve Wilson | – 2024-07-09 08:00:00

(The Center Square) – Mississippi tax revenues were $181.7 million above the estimate for fiscal 2024, according to data released by the Department of Revenue.

For June, the same release showed collections were $46.9 million more than the presession estimate at $7.7 . This year's total collections at $7.7 billion were $18.4 million more than last year, an increase of 0.24%.

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The state's new fiscal year started July 1. 

This came despite a nearly 6% decrease in collections of the state's income tax. In fiscal 2023, the state collected $2.39 billion versus $2.25 billion this year, a decrease of $141.8 million. For the month of June, receipts were $6.2 million above the estimate at $206.2 million. 

In 2022, Gov. Tate Reeves signed into an income tax cut that gradually reduces the state's graduated bracket system into a 4% flat tax. 

According to the report, sales tax revenues for fiscal 2024 ($2.82 billion) were nearly 3% more than the year prior ($2.73 billion). In June, sales tax receipts ($244 million) were $2.1 million over the estimate. 

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Collections of the state's corporate income tax were down by 6.7%, shrinking from $1.04 billion to $968 million, a decrease of $69.5 million. Collections in June were $8.6 million at $148.5 million. 

Use tax receipts were up by 4.87%, growing from nearly $389 million in fiscal 2023 to $407.9 million in fiscal 2024. The state's use tax is assessed on all out of state sales, online purchases. June collections added up to $33.8 million, $2.1 million greater than the estimate. 

The state's so-called “sin” taxes on tobacco and alcohol, including revenue from the state's wine and liquor warehouse and distribution system, showed a decrease as well, falling by 1.69%. In fiscal 2023, the state took in $262.1 million to $257.7 million this year, a difference of $4.42 million. 

Revenue from the state's gaming tax was also down by 4.3% for the year to date, falling from $162 million to $155 million, a difference of nearly $7 million. In June, gaming collections were $1.6 million greater than the estimate.

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Oil and gas severance taxes also took a dive, falling by 11.66% from $36.4 million to $32.2 million. 

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Federal judge pauses Biden’s partial liquefied natural gas export ban | National

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www.thecentersquare.com – By Dan McCaleb | – 2024-07-01 20:00:00

(The Center Square) – A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked the Biden administration's ban on new exports of liquified natural gas exports to non-free trade agreement countries.

Judge James Cain Jr. of the Western District of issued a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Department of Energy's partial LNG export ban after more than a dozen states sued, arguing the ban was illegal.

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“It appears that the DOE's to halt the permit approval for entities to export LNG to non-FTA countries is completely without reason or logic and is perhaps the epiphany of ideocracy,” Cain wrote in his ruling.

The ban was put in place, according to the Biden administration, because the exports “no longer adequately account for considerations like potential energy cost increases for American consumers and manufacturers beyond current authorizations or the latest assessment of the impact of greenhouse gas emissions.”

After the Department of Energy announced the ban in January, 16 states filed suit, Louisiana.

“This is great news for Louisiana, our 16 state partners in this fight, and the entire country,” Louisiana Liz Murrill said in a statement following the judge's decision. “As Judge Cain mentioned in his ruling, there is roughly $61 dollars of pending infrastructure at risk to our state from this illegal pause. LNG has an enormous and positive impact on Louisiana, supplying clean energy for the entire world, and providing good here at home.”

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Louisiana was joined by Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, , Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming in the

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