Posts Tagged ‘Gov. Phil Bryant’

Miss. school rating at bottom, but preschools get good mark

JACKSON — Mississippi again ranks last in the nation in school performance according to an influential evaluation released Thursday, but the state ranks near the top in a new measure of how many students are participating in preschool programs. Education Week’s Quality Counts report gave Mississippi a “D” overall for school performance, 51st among the […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: The good governor gambles on poverty

Mississippi continues to suffer a Catch-22 Poverty Problem. The state cannot combat poverty without sustainable jobs. Industries that could provide those jobs are choosing not to invest their money in Mississippi because we have a Poverty Problem along with the consequent poor schools and ill-prepared workers. According to recent data the problem is getting worse. A […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: MDOC controversy reveals contract procurement weaknesses

The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) controversy has exposed weaknesses in the state’s contract procurement processes. With regard to MDOC, the legislature exempted many contracts from competitive procurement, cracking open the door for abuse.   Allegations have surfaced that even competitive bids can be manipulated. Vendors allege being directed to bid low to get contracts […] [...]

Aluminum company rumored for Columbus: ‘clock’ is for website, not plant site

By Jack Weatherly There is plenty of evidence that a $1.2 billion aluminum mill will be built at Columbus. But when the American Specialty Alloys clock on Internet hits zero today at about 7 p.m. don’t expect a big announcement. It will be the launch of a website, www.asametals.com, but there will be no information […] [...]

4 companies honored with export awards

JACKSON — Four Mississippi companies have been honored for their success in maintaining or increasing export sales. The 2014 awards were presented Wednesday by Gov. Phil Bryant in Jackson. Columbus-based BankTEL Systems, provider of financial accounting and cash management software, received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting in the service sector. Hattiesburg-based BioSoil Enhancers, […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: Savor this Thanksgiving and be grateful

Could we be more Thankful? Thanksgiving is the greatest of American holidays. Its initial observance is older than the nation itself. The Pilgrims, of course, viewed it more as a time of prayer and reflection, than today’s feasting and football frenzy. But let’s just admit it, with the Egg Bowl approaching most of us are […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Bryant’s tax cut won’t stop spending growth

Did you catch the drift of the news stories about the extra money the Legislature expects to have for next year? Andrea Williams, WTOK-TV, “Next year Mississippi lawmakers will have more money to spend.” Bobby Harrison, the Daily Journal, “The Mississippi Legislature will have $170 million more to spend during the 2015 session.” Iris Barnes, […] [...]

LTE: With tax cuts, Gov. Bryant dismissive of least of us

  Editor, Gov. Bryant’s plan to cut taxes is an irresponsible and callous appeal to the worst instincts of Mississippians – personal gain at the expense of the greater good. Our state rates last or near last in too many categories to list and “extra” money could be used to at least make some attempt […] [...]

Weyerhaeuser investing $57M to modernize lumber mill

PHILADELPHIA — Weyerhaeuser Co. is investing $57 million to modernize over the next three years at its softwood lumber mill in Philadelphia. Weyerhaeuser said the work will be done in phases. Plans are to install two continuous direct-fired kilns and a new planer mill. In the last year we’ve seen somewhat of an uptick in […] [...]

Moon River Foods creating 100 jobs in Mississippi Delta

JACKSON, Mississippi — Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Moon River Foods announced today the company is locating a new fish processing operation in Baird, Miss., in Sunflower County. The project represents a corporate investment of $3 million and will create 100 new jobs. Working with contract fishermen licensed by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, […] [...]

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