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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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Black tells road builders 'Congress must act'

During the ongoing debate over adequate funding for road and bridge maintenance here in Mississippi, the state’s road builders have pointed to other states and their success in addressing funding shortfalls. The Mississippi Road Builders Association has been asking — if they can do it, why not the Magnolia State? At its Membership Luncheon held last week in Jackson, the ...

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National report: State bridges not old, just neglected

In terms of time, Mississippi’s bridges are on the backside of middle age. But in bridge years, that’s almost youth-like. Mississippi’s bridges average 30.9 years in age while nationally the average bridge is 42 years old. Bridges are designed to last roughly 50 years, experts say, a statistic that tells you Mississippi’s bridges should have a lot of life left ...

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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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Contractors are building against the elements

Everyone knows the winter months are not the best of times for the construction industry. Contractors have always had to adopt strategies to survive the cold weather months when construction activity wanes. This seasonal adjustment is in addition to the economic woes of recent years. However, construction association executives say their members are coping. Mike Pepper, executive director of the ...

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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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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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MRBA elects board, committee members

The Mississippi Road Builders Association has elected Dwayne Boyd of Jackson board president for 2011. Boyd is president of APAC-Mississippi Inc. of Jackson. The association membership also elected members to the 2011 MRBA executive committee. They are: first vice president, Tom Elmore, Eutaw Construction Company Inc. of Aberdeen; second vice president, Hollis Cheek, J.C. Cheek Contractor Inc. of Kosciusko; past ...

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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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