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Leaders not dismissing possible statewide vote on tax hike

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal A proposal to allow voters to decide whether to increase taxes to pay for transportation needs was not rejected Tuesday by the state’s Republican leadership. The presiding officers in the Legislature – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in the Senate and House Speaker Philip Gunn – nor Gov. Phil Bryant completely dismissed the proposal of ...

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Orbital ATK expanding in Iuka

Aerospace and defense leader Orbital ATK is expanding in Iuka, investing $10.48 million and creating 50 jobs. “As a worldwide leader in the aerospace and defense industries, Orbital ATK once again puts Mississippi on the global stage, demonstrating our hard work to provide a business environment where companies can compete successfully in today’s demanding economy,” said Gov. Phil Bryant. Orbital ...

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Hall bemoans lack of effort to fix highways, bridges

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall donned a red “Make Mississippi roads great again” hat Monday as he talked about the state’s transportation needs and the Legislature’s unwillingness to tackle the issue. Hall said some in the Legislature must think his multiple warnings that the state needs to spend significantly more on transportation are ...

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State revenue ahead of pace through 1st quarter

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal State revenue collections for the first quarter of the current budget year are $30.7 million or 2.6 percent above the amount collected during the same time period last year. Revenue collections through September recently were made available by the staff of the Legislative Budget Committee. The Budget Committee reports show modest growth in revenue ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: State contract review process still floundering

Just when you thought it might finally be safe to swim in Mississippi’s contractual storm waters, the MDE and Mississippi True contracts erupted.   As reported by The Clarion-Ledger, “both State Auditor Stacey Pickering and the state’s legislative watchdog ‘PEER’ committee blasted the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and vowed further investigation into its contracting and purchasing.”    PEER questioned ...

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Biloxi firm Machado Patano to revive Katrina eyesore for its new headquarters

By JULIA MILLER Biloxi Mayor Andrew “Fo Fo” Gillich’s vision of a revitalized downtown has taken another step foward with the announcement of Machado Patano and M | P Design Group’s plans to renovate a 21,000 square-foot warehouse across from MGM Park. Jamie Barhanovich, Machado Patano’s business manager, said current plans are to relocate both the engineering firm Machado Patano, ...

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TODD SMITH — 10 social media trends to consider for future

Social media platforms will continue their rapid disruption as a communications vehicle in the digital world – and a number of new tech advancements will continue to leverage these tools for audiences around the world. As the waves of social media surge, here are the top 10 future social media trends according to Entrepreneur. 1. Rise of augmented reality At ...

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State’s drug epidemic leading to increased workload for child welfare agency

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  The state’s growing drug problem is one of the factors in the increasing caseload for Mississippi’s Department of Child Protection Services, its new executive director told legislative leaders recently. To deal with that growing caseload, during the 2018 legislative session, the new agency is requesting $113.2 million in state funding, an increase of $15 ...

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