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Troubled interstate project remains on schedule

MADISON COUNTY — A multimillion-dollar project to widen lanes between two Madison County interchanges on I-55 is on schedule despite having to hire a new contractor. The Clarion-Ledger reports W.G. Yates and Son Construction Co. is working about 12 hours a day, seven days a week to reach the target completion date of November 2014. Mississippi Department of Transportation spokesman ...

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Business community has questions about proposed highway tax

JACKSON — Business groups still aren’t ready to raise Mississippi’s taxes to repair and build highways and bridges. In August, Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, proposed a $700 million menu of taxes and asked other members of a study committee examining road needs to offer their own alternative revenue and spending plans. Highway officials say the state needs ...

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Transportation study group leader proposes $700M tax for roads, bridges

JACKSON — The leader of a Senate transportation study committee proposes the state should levy $700 million in new taxes to support road maintenance as well as some other non-transportation related projects. Sen. Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, said yesterday that the proposal, which would be the largest state tax increase in more than 20 years, is only a starting point for ...

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State's struggling road builders conflicted by study committee

Late in the last legislative session, state lawmakers approved a resolution to form a study committee to look into the issue of funding for road and bridge work. It seemed that Mississippi’s struggling road builders had finally caught a break. But now local roadbuilders are wondering if the study is a positive step or not after learning they will not ...

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Craig Carter named assistant to Dick Hall at MDOT

JACKSON, Mississippi — Wiley “Craig” Carter joins the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) in the position of assistant to Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall. Carter assumes a vital role in facilitating external and internal relations for the commissioner. In his 28 years in marketing and public relations, Carter has specialized in building relationships, designing marketing strategies and navigating the ...

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Highway revenue bills die at deadline

Two bills that create new revenue for the construction and maintenance of Mississippi’s roads and highways died last week in committee. A bill filed by Rep. Robert Johnson, D-Natchez, would have increased the current 18 cent per gallon tax on gasoline. It died in the House Ways and Means Committee. A Senate bill authored by Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Hattiesburg, would ...

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Transportation commissioner on lonely campaign for better road maintenance

Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall still marvels at what he says was the foresight of Mississippi’s leaders a quarter century ago to fund an ambitious highway construction effort through an 18 cents gas tax levy. The effort required an override of Democratic Gov. William Allain’s veto — an outcome decided by a one-vote margin that Hall, as a Republican ...

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Read October 1 issue of MBJ

>> TRANSPORTATION Transportation commissioner Dick Hall on lonely campaign for better road maintenance— by Ted Carter Also in this week’s paper: >> MDOT Road commissioner open to options other than increasing pump prices— by Ted Carter >>RETAIL Whole Foods set to break ground in November— by Clay Chandler >> HEALTHCARE Analysis of Medicaid expansion under final review — by Ted ...

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