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OUR VIEW: Tight budget could give cover to cuts in government oversight

Let’s hope that the Mississippi Ethics Commission is correct in thinking a proposal to take an 18 percent bite out of the watchdog agency’s budget grew out of a misunderstanding with the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. Otherwise, good government in the Magnolia State is about to sustain a serious wound. In fact, a “devastating” one, […] [...]

Hope springs eternal for everyone of us

by Published: December 28,2012

Tags: 2012, New Years, Ross Reily

As I look back at 2012 and forward into 2013, the one thing that keeps coming to mind is hope and one of my favorite movie quotes. At the end of the movie Shawshank Redemption, Andy Dufresne — in a letter to Red, played by Morgan Freeman — writes “Remember Red, hope is a good […] [...]

One year after vote, here are the results

by Published: December 14,2012

Tags: education, healthcare, Phil Bryant, Politics

Just prior to the state elections of 2011, I wrote a column to discuss using a scoreboard to judge how well our state leadership has done during a particular term in office. Well, here we are just more than a year removed from those elections. So now seems to be a good time to look […] [...]

Bryant doesn’t intend to repeat Barbour’s Twin Creeks error

We are glad to see Gov. Phil Bryant take the stand he has. In a 2011 MBJ editorial, we stated that solar energy may be the wave of the future, but Mississippi should be careful where it comes to being an investor in new companies promising the moon — er, sun. At the time, Evergreen […] [...]

OUR VIEW: Bryant doesn’t intend to repeat Barbour’s Twin Creeks error

by Published: December 7,2012

Tags: Haley Barbour, Phil Bryant, solar power, Twin Creeks

We are glad to see Gov. Phil Bryant take the stand he has. In a 2011 MBJ editorial, we stated that solar energy may be the wave of the future, but Mississippi should be careful where it comes to being an investor in new companies promising the moon — er, sun. At the time, Evergreen […] [...]

Expect the effect — Whole Foods to make Jackson top spot

by Published: November 9,2012

Tags: economic development, Highland Village, JACKSON, retail, Whole Foods

Say what you will about Jackson, life is about to change in the capital city. Whole Foods broke ground last week on a new store, a 30,000-square-foot facility, in Jackson’s Highland Village that is expected to open near Thanksgiving of 2013. When it does open, it will automatically launch Highland Village into the No. 1 […] [...]

Opportunity to assess direction of Jackson Redevelopment Authority

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority is again searching for a new director. The departure of Jason Brookins after a nearly three-year stint may slow some of the redevelopment projects in the agency’s pipeline. At the same time, the coming change in leadership is an opportunity for Jackson to assess the work of the quasi-public agency, its […] [...]

Weighing the economic risk of Basil III can be daunting

The Mississippi Business Journal recently reported on the demise of brickyards around the state, with the numbers whittled in recent years from a half-dozen to the single surviving yard in Columbus. The brickyards started dying off about the same time demand for new housing ceased. Many other once-healthy sectors of Mississippi’s economy went into decline […] [...]

Good news for state employees, jury still out on plan’s math

by Published: September 23,2012

Tags: PERS, retirement system, state employees, state pensions

In a move that will make everyone who works for Mississippi feel better, state government will be asked to put $44 million more into the Mississippi retirement system next year to shore up the program for an estimated 30 years, the system director has told lawmakers. Pat Robertson, executive director of the Public Employees Retirement […] [...]

MBJ EDITORIAL: Here we go again but someone lost a lake along the way

It was in May of 2009 that we wrote the following: Even Lazarus only came back from the dead once. The Two Lakes project, written off numerous times, is still alive, and supporters seem just as confident of victory as ever. Here we go again. Just last week, reports are that metro municipal leaders and […] [...]

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