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Lawmakers go home after hammering out budget

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers ended their 2014 session last night after passing the final parts of a state budget for the year that begins July 1. During the three-month session, they passed a bill designed to make the criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive. They funded a training school for a new group of state troopers. They gave ...

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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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Road building chief frustrated by lack of highway funds

Mike Pepper had just stepped out of a meeting during yet another long legislative session. The frustration was evident in his voice. It hasn’t been very fun being executive director of the Mississippi Road Builders’ Association lately. Pepper has watched a wobbly economy and dwindling state funding rob his members of work. So, he almost scoffed when asked if he ...

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Road Builders Association director helping to maintain and construct Mississippi’s infrastructure

Country music singer Aaron Tippin captured a key element of leadership in his popular song, “You’ve Got to Stand for Something.” The chorus of the song repeats the often quoted phrase, “You’ve got to stand for something or you will fall for anything.” Knowing who you are and what you stand for is a critical element of leadership. Stephen Covey, ...

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MSAE holds elections

The chief executive of the state newspaper association has been elected president of the Mississippi Society of Association Executives. Layne Bruce, 38, of Madison, is executive director of the Mississippi Press Association and will serve a two-year term as president of MSAE. He first joined the MSAE board in 2008. A career newspaper professional, Bruce joined the press association in ...

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Construction industry tightening belt to adjust to higher fuel costs, budget cutbacks

Just when the recession may be coming to an end and the construction industry thinks of brighter days ahead, fuel prices make a dramatic move upward and government entities make budget cuts. How are Mississippi’s construction companies adjusting? “The higher gasoline costs are definitely having an adverse effect on our members,” said Mike Pepper, executive director of the Mississippi Road ...

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Hunting for the new MDOT leader

The Mississippi Transportation Commission is in a state of flux, and the uncertainties are clouding just when a new executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation will be selected and confirmed. Earlier this month, Larry “Butch” Brown announced that he was retiring as executive director of MDOT citing his continuing battle with prostate cancer. His retirement becomes effective at ...

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Q&A: Mike Pepper, Executive Director, Mississippi Road Builders Association

Mike Pepper has an extensive background in governmental affairs and association leadership, and that is exactly what Mississippi’s road builders need as they deal with an ailing economy that has challenged the entire construction industry. The MBJ recently caught up with Pepper and asked him just how “stimulated” his members have been by the ARRA, why crumbling infrastructure seems to ...

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