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Engineer: Inspectors to close many Mississippi wood bridges

Urging Mississippi lawmakers to provide more infrastructure funding, a county engineer warned Thursday that a stiffened federal inspection program could force repairs or the closure of hundreds of county bridges across the state in the next two years. Jeff Dungan, whose company is the county engineer for six south Mississippi counties, told the Senate Transportation Committee Thursday that federal inspectors ...

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Legislators unlikely to reach accord on roads, bridges this session

  Associated Press Mississippi legislators are unlikely to agree this session on a comprehensive, long-term plan to pay for highways and bridges. House Speaker Philip Gunn said a House proposal to earmark taxes collected on items sold over the internet for transportation work could generate $75 million to $125 million a year. Gunn said he has also asked the Mississippi ...

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Mississippi House earmarks internet sales tax for roads

Some Mississippi lawmakers want to use sales tax collections from internet retailers to pay for road and bridge work. The House on Wednesday voted 79-38 to pass House Bill 480 , codifying efforts to collect taxes from Amazon.com and others that sell goods to Mississippians from outside the state. It moves to the Senate for more debate. The bill earmarks the revenue ...

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State leaders ponder roads and bridges funding

By JACK WEATHERLY Gov. Phil Bryant and House Speaker Philip Gunn on Thursday told the Mississippi Economic Council that they are open for finding a way to fund a major overhaul of the state’s roads and bridges. But, as they have said numerous times before, neither Bryant nor Gunn favored raising it through increased taxation. Gunn said that as of ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Leadership crumbling along with highways and bridges

“Somebody’s going to be killed,” Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall stressed to the Clarion-Ledger, pointing to a study that shows Mississippi has 2,275 structurally deficient bridges. “That’s what’s going to happen.”   The huge tax cut wind howling out of the State Capitol just flicked his spittle back at him. » READ MORE — MDOT commissioner: National group gets it ...

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Politics of paying for transportation: Hand wringing and a lot of talk

Giving further credence to the idea that to everything there is a season, a Mississippi legislator may find more job security driving a loaded-down tractor trailer over a crumbling bridge in the Delta than supporting a full fix for roads and bridges at the outset of the 2015 election season. Even beyond the 2015 elections, it’s hardly guaranteed that Mississippi’s ...

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ONE MORE YEAR: Leaders want year more of study on comprehensive road, bridge upkeep

The chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee is hugely disappointed that Mississippi business leaders want to put off addressing a growing backlog of road and bridge upkeep until the 2016 session. Knowing that Republican legislative leaders likely will willingly go along with an extra year of delay, committee Chairman Willie Simmons, a Cleveland Democrat, will ask for bond money to ...

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Road plan calls for repayment of funds to MDOT

At a press conference this morning, Charlie Williams, president of the T1 Coalition, laid out his organization’s proposal on at least a short-term solution to the state’s lack of funding for road and bridge maintenance. T1’s plan does not involve new money. In fact, it’s the opposite — Williams and others gathered at the Capitol are pushing for old money. ...

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Revving at right time? Road, bridge funding efforts gain traction

Last month, yet another group was in Mississippi raising the issue of the state’s crumbling roads and bridge and a lack of funding to repair them. TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based national transportation organization, held a news conference in Jackson, giving some of the same numbers and figures touted by other groups pushing for more road and bridge money. And that ...

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