JACKSON - The 623-bed North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo will net $6.2 million under Gov. Haley Barbour’s new Medicaid plan while the 48-bed Neshoba County Hospital will garner $19.6 million.
State awaiting formal CMS approval of plan as cigarette tax hike momentum grows
A draft of Gov. Barbour’s Blue Ribbon Tax Study Commission report reveals broadly based opportunities for reforming Mississippi’s tax system, but some of the draft’s options fall short of what some had hoped would be a more aggressive shift on sales taxes, particularly involving food and cigarette taxation.
Panel backs added sales taxes; most proposals unlikely to be OK’d by Legislature, some say
JACKSON - Gov. Haley Barbour’s tax study commission voted Tuesday to recommend raising the tax on cigarettes to 50 cents per pack.
The Governor’s Tax Study Commission did not go far enough by recommending an 18 or 32 cent cigarette tax increase. A cigarette tax increase of 18 or 32 cents—the amounts offered in the Commissions draft report— is directly in line with the tobacco industry’s acceptable scale because these miniscule amounts would have no effect on youth smoking.