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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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Ga. Chamber big player in Peach State’s 2015 transportation funding overhaul


  By TED CARTER Georgia once paid its residents to drive hybrid vehicles. Today, it is charging owners of the electric automobiles $200 a year to drive on Georgia roads. The registration fee on hybrids, which climbs to $300 for commercial vehicles, brought strong protests but survived as part of an extensive 2015 transportation funding revamp that is projected to generate ...

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Do hybrid owners pay their share, or do they have a target on their back?

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  By TED CARTER Georgia did it. So did Virginia, before the Commonwealth decided it wasn’t such a great idea, after all. The two states enacted special registration fees on hybrid cars, figuring that motorists who drive electrically powered cars put wear and tear on roadways but avoid paying the motor fuel taxes that pay for road maintenance. With the stroke ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: State’s conservatism nothing new

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Legislative Republicans, especially House Speaker Philip Gunn, often talk about their accomplishments during the current  four-year tenure that is quickly coming to an end. “Since Republicans gained control,” they often say as they tout their record as any good politician would do. It is true that Republicans gained a majority in the Mississippi House four years ago for the first ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Revenue cuts putting hospitals in survival mode


A hospital CEO recently told community leaders his health system faces a financial loss this year and tough sledding in the future. In fact, a slew of changes in health care funding are turning many Mississippi hospitals from cash cows into dinosaurs. As cash cows, hospitals became economic engines for the state and their communities. A 2012 study by the Mississippi ...

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State’s historic preservation office to ask for $60 million in new tax credits

Senatobia’s deteriorating French Hotel, built in 1858, is among the Mississippi Heritage Trust’s 2015 selections for the state’s 10 most endangered historic places.

By TED CARTER News that Mississippi had used up its $60 million in historic tax credits stunned Virginia Pace, a member of a development team seeking to convert downtown Jackson’s circa 1928 Edison-Walthall Hotel to a mix of apartments and retail. In a phone interview last spring, Pace sounded bewildered, not to mention disappointed, that she and her partners must wait ...

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Navy’s new combat ship will carry Jackson’s name

The USS Jackson is an Independence-class littoral combat ship designed for near-shore operations.

By TED CARTER Jackson is joining the Navy, or at least its name is. The sea-going service will commission a 418-foot Independence-class littoral combat ship Dec. 5 in Gulfport as the USS Jackson. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the Port of Gulfport’s West Pier at Mississippi Hwy. 90 and 30th Avenue. Perhaps not coincidentally, the official who names ...

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Mississippi unemployment rate falls as payrolls stay flat


JACKSON — Mississippi’s unemployment rate kept falling in September, as more people reported finding jobs. The jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent from 6.3 percent in August, and was below September 2014’s 7.3 percent rate. The number of unemployed people fell even as the labor force grew, indicating the job market provided more new jobs than there were new job-seekers. ...

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Hattiesburg council considers code changes for solar farm


HATTIESBURG — Decisions by the Hattiesburg City Council could mean a multimillion-dollar economic development impact over the next few years. The Hattiesburg American reports the council is being asked to not only approve the parameters that would create a planned solar farm, but also for any similar “green energy” projects in the future. Council also is also being asked to ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Doing business with the Government

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  The Founding Fathers would be dumbfounded if they could see our gigantesque government structure. This behemoth annually spends in excess of $6 trillion protecting, regulating, arbitrating, purchasing, managing, lending, insuring, competing, and, more recently, joining public–private partnerships. One of every six full-time U.S. workers is a local, state or federal governmental employee.  Inevitably, doing business will involve contact with ...

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