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Work begins on second phase of long-delayed I-55 stretch between I-20 and Byram

By JACK WEATHERLY Work has begun on the second phase of the widening of Interstate 55 between I-20 and Byram. The Mississippi Department of Transportation projects the completion date in late summer 2018 – more than three and one-half years beyond the initial expected completion target. While the protracted undertaking has caused headaches for motorists, “six lanes will be a ...

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Bill heading to governor would expand Jackson airport board

A bill to expand the board of Mississippi’s largest airport is headed to Gov. Phil Bryant. The state Senate voted 31-15 Thursday to pass the final version of Senate Bill 2162. It would replace a five-member board with a nine-member board to oversee Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. » READ MORE MBJ coverage of the airport bill … Jackson Mayor Tony ...

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Mississippi House leaders mull sales tax increase for roads

Mississippi legislative leaders could propose raising most sales taxes from 7 percent to 9 percent in a plan to increase road and bridge funding. It would remove most or all grocery sales taxes. House Transportation Committee Chairman Charles Busby says he’s considering a sales tax increase but wouldn’t provide further details. He could introduce a bill Thursday. Senate Transportation Committee ...

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RUSS LATINO — What is conservative about raising taxes?

Americans for Prosperity’s (AFP) driving point in the gas tax debate is simple: prior to raising taxes, the state should make a real effort to find savings within the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s existing $1.2 billion budget and our state budget, as a whole. In his latest column, Bill Crawford argues that instead of opposing a gas tax increase, AFP ...

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Expect selection of new Jackson airports board right after bill signing

By TED CARTER The author of the successful Senate bill to transfer control of Jackson’s airports to a state board with metro-wide representation expects appointments to the new board will begin soon after Gov. Phil Bryant signs the bill. “I would assume that they will appoint right away,” said Sen. Josh Harkins, a Flowood Republican whose bill, SB 2162, led ...

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Cochran, Wicker: $4.5M for Mississippi airport improvements

Mississippi’s two U.S. senators say 19 airports in the state will benefit from more than $4.49 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, in a news release Thursday, said the grants will help Mississippi communities improve the safety and efficiency of their airports. U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker says the airports ...

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House votes to change Jackson airport board

The Latest on a bill to change the composition of the Jackson airport board (all times local): 3:01 p.m. The Mississippi House has voted to expand the Jackson airport board by adding members who live outside the city. Republicans pushing the change say the airport should have a regional board to better represent the customer base it serves. » READ ...

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Amtrak on track to return to Gulf Coast

BILOXI — Five weeks ago an Amtrak inspection train rolled across South Mississippi for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. On Wednesday, The Sun Herald reports officials met in Biloxi to move along the dream of restoring passenger rail service across the Gulf Coast. Mark Murphy, general manager of long distance service for Amtrak, says lawmakers want to see a ...

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