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Officials: Vote should cover costs to solve transportation woes

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Republican Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall said during a speech last week that each 1 cent tax increase on a gallon of motor fuel generates about $20 million annually. Based on that calculation, the state’s current 18.4 cent per gallon motor fuel tax would have to be more than doubled to generate the ...

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Senator’s plan to raise taxes for transportation maintenance

Mississippi residents could vote on a state lawmaker’s plan that would raise taxes and fees to pay for needed renovations to roads and bridges. Mississippi Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall on Monday announced the bill Republican state Sen. Dean Kirby of Pearl plans to introduce next year, The Clarion-Ledger reports . Kirby’s plan is in draft phase and includes a statewide ...

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Hall bemoans lack of effort to fix highways, bridges

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall donned a red “Make Mississippi roads great again” hat Monday as he talked about the state’s transportation needs and the Legislature’s unwillingness to tackle the issue. Hall said some in the Legislature must think his multiple warnings that the state needs to spend significantly more on transportation are ...

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Tupelo Airport to mull airline bids a little longer

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – While Contour Airlines has emerged as the leading candidate to continue providing air service in the All-America City, the airport board isn’t quite ready to make a final decision. Contour has provided 30 weekly flights between Tupelo and Nashville since April of last year, and its contract expires in March. It wants ...

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Gas tax might not be unpopular for roads, bridges

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal JACKSON – A recent Millsaps poll rejecting the idea of increasing the gasoline tax might not mean Mississippians oppose a tax increase for road and bridge needs, one of the poll’s sponsors and a leading advocate for spending more on transportation both agree. As a matter of fact, the Mississippi Economic Council cites four ...

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Millsaps poll finds support for transportation, not gas tax hike

   By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal A plurality of Mississippians believe improving the state’s transportation system should be the Legislature’s top priority, but an overwhelming number oppose increasing the tax on gasoline – viewed by many as the most logical way to pay for additional road and bridge needs. Those results were revealed in a poll released Wednesday by ...

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More trucks, inexperienced drivers, poor roads, increase insurances costs for drivers

By NASH NUNNERY Corey Howell is all too aware that commercial vehicle insurance rates are rising at an alarming rate. The trucking industry is flourishing, what with higher freight volumes, cheaper fuel and heavy-duty truck orders.  But Howell, who works as Ridgeland sales leader for Chicago-based mega-insurance broker Hub International, says there is a downside that’s led to higher rates. ...

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Contour confident in bid to remain Tupelo’s air carrier

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal When Contour Airlines made its pitch two years ago to provide air service to Tupelo, company CEO Matt Chaifetz said it was important to bring back reliability, which had suffered enormously during the previous three years. “Tupelo is a good fit for us, and we think we’re a good fit for Tupelo,” he said ...

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Global automotive supplier BorgWarner expanding in Water Valley

BorgWarner, a global leader in clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles, is expanding in Water Valley. The $20 million corporate investment is expected to create approximately 75 jobs over the next two years. BorgWarner’s expansion will help meet growing demand for advanced transmission technologies, including the award-winning Eco-Launch™ stop/start accumulator and the mini direct-acting variable force solenoid. ...

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