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Hinds County joins Jackson in fight for airport control

JACKSON — Hinds County supervisors say they will join Jackson officials in fighting off any attempt by the state to take control of the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. The Clarion-Ledger reports the city of Jackson currently has authority to oversee the airport. Hinds County District 1 Supervisor Robert Graham says the county could be negatively impacted if money from ...

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Mississippi leaders insist on tying tax cuts to new roads, bridge taxes

By TED CARTER Tax cuts for business owners will likely be the trade-off Mississippians must make to gain new funding to fix up highways and bridges across the state. The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee says he expects new fees and taxes to pay for transportation infrastructure maintenance will be part of a legislative package that includes tax cuts, including ...

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Supervisors Association says counties shorted in transportation funding plan

By TED CARTER The organization that represents the boards of supervisors for Mississippi counties says counties need much more than a 10 percent share from a proposed $375 million annual allocation for roads and bridge maintenance. The plan presented by a 24-member task force created by the Mississippi Economic Council would give counties and cities $75 million annually from the $375 ...

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ANALYSIS — Tax fairness could be issue in push for transportation money

Mississippi could get smoother roads, lower taxes and a tax system more tilted to favor the rich than it does today. That’s one possible outcome of a “tax shift” that some people are discussing as the 2016 legislative approaches. It would work something like this: lawmakers would vote to raise fuel or other taxes to repave roads and rebuild bridges. ...

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Bryant will require tax cuts to offset new road, bridge taxes

Staff and Wire JACKSON — Reacting to the Mississippi state chamber of commerce’s call for new fees and taxes to fund an annual $375 million to fix up decaying roads and bridges over a 10-year period, Gov. Phil Bryant insisted Friday that such tax increases must be offset by “by corresponding tax cuts.” Bryant did not indicate support for the proposals, ...

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It might be obvious but do not bring your grenades — Travel tips from TSA

By LISA MONTI The Transportation Security Administration wants to remind you that if you’re flying during the busy holiday season, please leave your guns, grenades and martial arts tools at home. No, really. TSA already this year has collected 400 pounds of prohibited items that passengers brought to the security checkpoint at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, and officials expect to collect more ...

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Stennis International Airport operations increase 32 percent

Stennis International Airport flight operations increased by 32 percent over the past year thanks to more military flights, a new terminal and a focus on customer service at the Hancock County airport. Stennis recorded a total of 29,010 takeoffs and landings in fiscal year 2015, up from 22,008 the previous year. The numbers were compiled by Quadrex Aviation, an international ...

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Biloxi City Council calls meetings about infrastructure work

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council will meet twice Tuesday. On the agenda for the 4:30 p.m. workshop are HNTB, the company hired to oversee the $365 million infrastructure project, and Oscar Renda, the company doing the work north of the tracks in East Biloxi. The Sun Herald reports the council also will discuss the South Contract, for which bids ...

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Shift to fiscal hardliners makes road rough for new transportation money

By TED CARTER Mississippi’s business leaders may have waited too long – or perhaps not long enough – in targeting winter 2016 for a legislative showdown on how Mississippi pays for upkeep of its roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Today, any comprehensive transportation package that includes new funding is up against a 2016 legislative class with a sizable number of members ...

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