Tag Archives: Gov. Haley Barbour

MDA grants KiOR forbearance after biofuels maker defaults on payment

July 3, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Mississippi — In a sign that biofuel maker KiOR Inc.’s money troubles aren’t letting up, the start-up company will make a $250,000 forbearance payment to the Mississippi Development Authority in exchange for 120 days to get current on its nearly $70 million debt to the MDA. KiOR defaulted on a $1.87 million payment that was […]

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Ex-housing official, Ann Jefferson, loses appeal

May 1, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former executive director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority and her 32-month prison sentence. The ruling was issued Thursday by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. » READ MORE about this story … […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbour sets record straight on Kemper County Coal Plant

November 13, 2012

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Recently Louie Miller, spokesman for the Sierra Club, criticized the Legislature and me for “costing Kemper County residents millions.” Let me set the record straight. The Sierra Club is fighting the construction of a cutting edge, clean coal electric power generation facility by Mississippi Power in Kemper County. It will be the first commercial scale […]

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RETIREMENT VERDICT — Study panel says report is prescription for sustaining state public workers’ retirement

December 15, 2011

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The strategy is to structure benefits consistent with a  policy that encourages workers to stay on the job until age 62 “All the cards are on the table face up.” So went the pronouncement of Gov. Haley Barbour last week in detailing a 40-page report that calls for saving over $100 million annually in taxpayer […]

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Public retirement system study panel urges cost-of-living freeze

December 13, 2011

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A three-year moratorium on cost of living allowances, or COLAs, for Mississippi’s retired public employees is a key recommendation of a report that will be released by Gov. Haley Barbour Wednesday. The moratorium recommended by a Barbour-appointed study commission could save the Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi about $40 million annually for three years […]

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Build or lease? New study may help guide state’s decisions

December 4, 2011

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A facilities study that could guide the State of Mississippi’s policies for accommodating its office and other operational needs is expected to be completed before the Christmas holidays. International commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield is wrapping up work on the second part of a study whose initial phase led to a recommendation to […]

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State tax collections down nearly $5 million in November

December 1, 2011

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The budget balancing that lies ahead for Gov.-elect Phil Bryant and the 2012 Mississippi Legislature just got tougher. The monthly report from the Department of Revenue shows that Mississippi’s November revenue collections fell below the estimate by 1.5 percent, or almost $4.9 million less than anticipated. Adding to the difficulty of the balancing act is […]

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Head of public employee retiree group claims Barbour ‘coming after us’

September 14, 2011

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By Ted Carter The head of the Mississippi Retired Public Employees Association says several legislators have warned him that Gov. Haley Barbour will work after he leaves office to alter the benefits structure of the state’s $20 billion public employers retirement system. Specifically, Barbour will lobby for curbs on retiree cost-of-living increases and will push […]

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Fact checking Barbour: Denying you raised taxes doesn’t make it so

March 17, 2011

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By Ted Carter Mississippi’s state-hopping governor has hospital administrators across the state scratching their heads and wondering: What’s he talking about? And smokers? He’s got them choking on their Luckys. What Gov. Haley Barbour’s talking about is raising taxes – something he says he hasn’t done but President Obama has. In a speech to the […]

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