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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 a crucial category: workforce development, ...

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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 behind the cowbells smiling again. ...

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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 for bills to leave committees ...

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MBJ EDITORIAL: Bryant, others should concentrate on issues, not media

Gov. Phil Bryant was quick to lay blame at the feet of the national and statewide media for Mississippi’s poor race-relations image at the recent Mission Mississippi Governor’s Prayer Luncheon. Bryant said that the national media must have been champing at the bit to see if he, a white Republican, and Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, a black Democrat, would engage ...

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MBJ EDITORIAL: As the old adage goes, be careful what you ask for …

Now that Republicans have the majority in both the House and Senate, they will bear responsibility for ensuring that what comes out of the Legislature is geared toward the long-term uplifting of the state and not simply peripheral ideological causes. That means attention to education at all levels, beginning with a commitment to keeping the Mississippi Adequate Education Program funded ...

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