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Barbour Medicaid plan impact on selected hospitals

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.


Medicaid: Magic time? Barbour’s solution gets mixed reviews

State awaiting formal CMS approval of plan as cigarette tax hike momentum grows


EDITORIAL: Tax reform

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.


Tax changes?

Panel backs added sales taxes; most proposals unlikely to be OK’d by Legislature, some say


Tax panel supports 50-cent cigarette tax

JACKSON - Gov. Haley Barbour’s tax study commission voted Tuesday to recommend raising the tax on cigarettes to 50 cents per pack.


TAX STUDY COMMISSION’S RECOMMENDATIONS ON CIGARETTE TAX INCREASE FALL SHORT

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.