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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 […] [...]

Ownership transition is back to the future

Before we get too far down the road of proclaiming Journal Inc. as the second coming of newspaper ownership, let’s not discount The Dolan Company for what it has done for the Mississippi Business Journal. Having said that, there is no one more excited about the recent happenings in which Tupelo-based Journal Inc. announced it […] [...]

MDA chief shows early leadership on workforce issue

Like any good salesman about to embark on selling a new product, Brent Christensen has assessed his product’s strengths and weaknesses. The new executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority sees the state set to play a strong hand in the energy and health care sectors. Mississippi’s hand is on the weak side, though, in […] [...]

MBJ Editorial: UAW foothold in Mississippi would be bad for business

Congressman Bennie Thompson held a news conference recently to say he supports workers’ rights for a union. Well, we support that right, too. But that doesn’t mean it will be a good thing for all of Mississippi if the United Auto Workers convinces folks to start a union at the Nissan auto plant in Canton. […] [...]

MBJ EDITORIAL: Questions we should ask the new chief of the MDA

Last time the State of Mississippi went to Gainesville, Fla., to fill a job, it scored a winner in Dan Mullen, whom Mississippi State University lured away from the University of Florida football coaching staff to be head Bulldog in Starkville. Consecutive wins over Ole Miss and a pair of bowl victories have the folks […] [...]

MBJ EDITORIAL: With redistricting, the Delta now more isolated than ever

District 28 belonged for many years to “the Chairman” Charlie Capps, a Democrat in name who often voted with Republicans. Certainly he put his district’s interests above party. David Norquist held the seat for a term and a half after Chairman Charlie. While Norquist was more than a Democrat in name, he, too, often crossed […] [...]

MBJ EDITORIAL: Signs point to costly provincialism in demise of Landmark

Sticking it to your neighbor can be a gratifying exercise for some Mississippi legislators — especially when they aren’t personally writing the checks that cover the cost of the sticking. Which brings us to the sticking leaders of the Mississippi House of Representatives gave Jackson and the state’s taxpayers on April 3, the last day […] [...]

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