Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Economic Council’

Business groups file briefs in support of Kemper coal plant rehearing

By JACK WEATHERLY Three business-support groups have filed briefs with the Mississippi Supreme Court, asking for a rehearing of the case in which a rate increase for Mississippi Power Co. customers was reversed and a refund ordered. The Mississippi Economic Council, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Business Council are seeking to […] [...]

$50 million workforce training bill looks strong in homestretch

By TED CARTER Among the survivors of the bill-thinning that occurs at this stage of Mississippi’s legislative session is legislation to set up a $50 million workforce training program that can respond timely to worker training needs of companies looking to come to Mississippi or expand here. Senate Bill 2457, along with the House version […] [...]

MEC taps Stephanie Patton, Edmond Hughes

The Mississippi Economic Council has announced the 2015 and 2016 officers for Leadership Mississippi. Stephanie Patton, Editor/Publisher of The Leland Progress, will serve as Leadership Mississippi Chair for 2015. Edmond Hughes, Vice President, Human Resources and Administration for Ingalls Shipbuilding, will serve as Leadership Mississippi Chair for 2016. Before purchasing the newspaper in 2011, Patton […] [...]

Bryant to tap unemployment fund for worker-training advances

Call it the “Two-Cars-And-A-Boat” initiative. Gov. Phil Bryant last  Friday morning briefed business leaders on a workforce development proposal that calls for pulling $25 million each of the next two years from the state’s unemployment compensation reserve fund. The money would be used to step-up the state’s efforts to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs […] [...]

Race to the pump: Feds appear ready to beat state on new gas taxes

The chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee says it seems Congress is about to pre-empt Mississippi’s  opportunity to take advantage of plummeting gasoline prices by enacting new motor fuels taxes. While Mississippi legislators wait for a late 2015 completion of a private-sector study on state transportation infrastructure needs and how to pay for them, Congress […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Keep education funding out of the courts

The Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) that was designed to keep education funding out of court is now in court, and may stay there for years to come.   In the mid-90s, lawsuits popped up in many states over inadequate funding for schools, particularly those in impoverished areas. Mississippi was at risk because of its […] [...]

Will lawmakers debate tax cuts as election year looms?

JACKSON — Mississippi has state elections in 2015, and it’s a safe bet that lawmakers will try to endear themselves to voters by debating a tax cut. Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves are both seeking re-election, and they’re already reciting familiar Republican talking points by saying people should keep more of the […] [...]

No debate, but Cochran and Childers lobby for votes for Senate

JACKSON — Six-term incumbent Thad Cochran told Mississippi business leaders yesterday that he will be in line for a committee chairmanship if Republicans regain control of the Senate. Speaking at a state chamber of commerce event in Jackson, Cochran stopped short of saying he would chair the Senate Appropriations Committee, a powerful spending panel he […] [...]

State’s bad bridges continue to raise concerns among officials

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mention highway safety and people have all sorts of ideas of what that means. To the Highway Patrol, it suggests expanding the ranks of state troopers. For the Mississippi Department of Transportation, it’s a well-maintained road system. For Mothers Against Drunk Driving, getting intoxicated drivers off the roads is the highest priority. […] [...]

BLAKE WILSON: Danny Mitchell was a remarkable business leader, a better friend

    Danny Mitchell – the retired leader of the GodwinGroup – died last weekend. He was a remarkable business leader, a tireless volunteer in his community and at his alma mater, Southern Miss and a loyal and steadfast friend to me and many others. During his 30 years of involvement at the GodwinGroup, he […] [...]

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