Online sales tax: Lessons from watching Warren Buffett, Wal-Mart and Amazon

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The fight in Mississippi over a very straightforward decision regarding whether it’s in the state’s best interests to collect the same seven percent sales tax on online sales that we have forced bricks-and-mortar retailers to collect since 1932 is getting heated.
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Barbour offers students a realistic explanation of legislative gridlock

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour – never known for mincing words or soft-soaping his opinions especially about partisan politics – on Monday offered a group of about 400 Mississippi State University students some serious enlightenment about partisan politics and legislative gridlock as it exists today in Washington and in Jackson.
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Alternate execution method bill ignores larger death penalty debate

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – There is no gentle way to say it, so here goes. House Bill 638 as passed by that chamber of the Mississippi Legislature isn’t a bill that considers whether the state should impose the death penalty. No, that’s not the matter at hand in this legislation.
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Amazon sales negotiation was victory

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The political tea leaves were rather easy to read on the topic of this week’s blockbuster announcement that Amazon was the first major online retailer to volunteer to begin collecting Mississippi’s 7 percent sales tax – technically a “use tax” – on Feb. 1.
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Legislature again debating early voting, online voter registration

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Mississippi lawmakers are once again debating substantial changes to state elections laws including early voting, online voter registration and the thorny question of restoration of voting rights for convicts.
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State’s press to ‘roast’ Marshall Ramsey

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – As is usual this time of year, the Mississippi Press Association Education Foundation will be holding a celebrity “roast” to raise money for journalism scholarships and internships by making fun of someone prominent from the state’s political, business, educational, or cultural establishment.
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Judicial races: Noble intent defies partisan reality of actual voter behavior

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – There is nobility in the idea that Mississippians would want to elect judges on a non-partisan basis. The idea that justice has an either Republican or Democrat leaning should be disturbing. The idea is noble, mind you.
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To compete, state must move past analog governing in a digital world

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – As noted in prior writings, I’ve watched the evolution of the digital divide in Mississippi from several unique vantage points.
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After Congress repeals ACA, state still confronts health care realities

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – What is the future of public health care in Mississippi if Congress proceeds with the Republican majority’s plan to do away with the Affordable Care Act?
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Budget woes will add fire to fight over BP settlement distribution

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The legislative battle over the ultimate distribution of some $750 million in economic damages from the BP oil spill settlement was always going to be heated and contentious.
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