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[ 1 ] December 15, 2014

A Mississippi Fiscal Success Story: Ending the Use of “One-Time” Monies to Fund Recurring Budget Expenses The Mississippi Legislature in Fiscal Year 2015 (2014 Legislative Session) successfully put the brakes to the irresponsible prior practice of spending non-recurring (“one-time”) revenues to fund recurring expenses in the annual state budget. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee has […]

Speaker Gunn to Headline "Business Before Hours"

Speaker Gunn to Headline “Business Before Hours”

[ 0 ] August 10, 2014

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn (R-Clinton) will be the special guest speaker at “Business Before Hours” hosted by the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 12, at the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian. First elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2003, Gunn began […]

Snowden "On The Record" Sunday on WTOK-TV

Snowden “On The Record” Sunday on WTOK-TV

[ 0 ] August 9, 2014

Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden (R-Meridian) will be John Johnson’s guest “On The Record” to be aired at 5:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, August 10, on WTOK-TV in Meridian. Topics touched upon during the 30-minute pre-recorded interview include the ongoing Senatorial election challenge, current FY 2015 and proposed FY 2016 state budgets, new “performance-based” budgeting tools […]

In My Opinion

Paddling Upstream

Paddling Upstream

[ 0 ] October 17, 2010

Americans will cast Congressional ballots two weeks from Tuesday.  Republicans must net a 40 seat gain in order to take control of the House of Representatives and thereby “fire” Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Most prognosticators, Democrat as well as Republican, now concede this is a likelihood. Democrats are in big trouble because Americans reject what Congress […]

Random Thoughts

Egg Bowl Impressions

Egg Bowl Impressions

[ 0 ] November 28, 2009

COWBELLS – The cowbell ban is silly.  If anyone were really serious about enforcement, cowbell toting fans (easy enough to identify personally in the stands from any telecast) would be fined, or simply banned from future games.  That won’t be done, nor should it be, because the rule itself is ridiculous, as the SEC’s inaction […]

Other Recent Articles

Speaker Pro Tempore Snowden Addresses JCJC Grads

Speaker Pro Tempore Snowden Addresses JCJC Grads

[ 2 ] August 1, 2014

I am extremely privileged and highly honored to have been asked to address graduates of Jones County Junior College on Friday, August 1, 2014, at the summer commencement ceremonies on the Ellisville, Mississippi campus. Here is the text of my prepared remarks: REMARKS OF SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE GREG SNOWDEN Jones County Junior College, Ellisville, Mississippi […]

State Budget Writers Attain 4-Year Goals in Just 3 Years

State Budget Writers Attain 4-Year Goals in Just 3 Years

[ 0 ] April 19, 2014

Rep. Herb Frierson (R-Poplarville) is Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.  It is the job of Herb’s committee, and that of the Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Sen. Buck Clarke (R-Hollandale), to craft Mississippi’s annual budget.  The Legislature has just adopted a $6.073 Billion FY 2015 Budget, representing a $242.2 Million (4.24%) increase in total state support over […]

Speaker Pro Tempore's 2014 Regular Session Summary

Speaker Pro Tempore’s 2014 Regular Session Summary

[ 2 ] April 9, 2014

Landmark Corrections and Criminal Justice reforms, a meaningful pay raise for Mississippi teachers and many other state employees, the funding of critical public safety needs, and the adoption of a structurally balanced and fiscally responsible state budget for the coming fiscal year were the principal hallmarks of the 2014 Regular Session of the Mississippi Legislature.  […]

Polk's Official Report of The Meridian Campaign

Polk’s Official Report of The Meridian Campaign

[ 0 ] March 3, 2014

The Confederate army, like the Federals, required official reports to be submitted by commanders engaged with the enemy.  General Leonidas Polk, headquartered at Meridian, commanded all Rebel forces responsible for the defense of Mississippi and Alabama, including not only Meridian but also the even more strategically valuable deep-water port of Mobile. Here are the official […]

Sherman's Official Report of The Meridian Campaign

Sherman’s Official Report of The Meridian Campaign

[ 1 ] March 2, 2014

With the coming of March, the Meridian Campaign was finally over.  The end has also come to my month-long series of posts; there are but two more, today’s and tomorrow’s. The following is quite lengthy, but if you are interested enough to want to dig deeper into the history of Sherman’s Meridian Campaign, there is […]

150 Years Ago Today -- February 29, 1864

150 Years Ago Today — February 29, 1864

[ 0 ] March 1, 2014

SHERMAN TO WASHINGTON:  “MERIDIAN . . . NO LONGER EXISTS.” Southerners condemn Sherman for the utterly ruthless tactics he employs in the Meridian Campaign, and later in Georgia and the Carolinas. Sherman himself is unrepentant, placing the blame for his terrible work squarely upon the Confederates themselves: “Three years ago, by a little reflection and […]

150 Years Ago Today -- February 28, 1864

150 Years Ago Today — February 28, 1864

[ 0 ] February 28, 2014

SHERMAN’S DEVASTATION BRINGS THE REAL “JUNETEENTH” TO MISSISSIPPI On this Sunday, a mere eight days after Sherman’s departure, a woman in Meridian writes her mother in Mobile a long letter about the “terrible raid.” One notable thing she comments upon is how many black “servants” have deserted area families to go off with the Yankees. […]