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Governor advocating for two statewide votes: state flag, transportation tax

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal If second-term Gov. Phil Bryant has his way, 2018 could be a busy year for Mississippi voters. The Republican governor voiced support earlier this week for placing on the ballot for voters to decide: Whether to pay additional taxes (presumably on gasoline and other items) to raise revenue for transportation needs on the state ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: MDOC controversy reveals contract procurement weaknesses

The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) controversy has exposed weaknesses in the state’s contract procurement processes. With regard to MDOC, the legislature exempted many contracts from competitive procurement, cracking open the door for abuse.   Allegations have surfaced that even competitive bids can be manipulated. Vendors allege being directed to bid low to get contracts with promises they would be ...

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Committee makes nominations

In accordance with the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership by-laws, chairman Paul Moak appointed a nominating committee chaired by Clay Hays. This committee reported their actions to president Duane O’Neill, who in turn is authorized to notify the entire membership of the nominating committee’s report. Candidates to serve a three-year term expiring December 2014 are: Freddie Bagley, Community Bank; David Barrentine, ...

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Backers of condemnation curbs see chance to cement property protections

Eminent domain — at least the government taking of private property on behalf of private enterprise — does not seem to offer much room for compromise. You are either OK with the government taking private property for private sector economic development or you are not. If middle ground exists, neither Leland Speed nor Ron Aldridge has found it. Speed, interim ...

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