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Alabama budget woes: state’s GOP lawmakers look to gambling

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Republicans in both chambers of the Alabama Legislature are looking to gambling as a possible component of a solution to the state’s budget woes. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, filed a bill Tuesday that would authorize a lottery and four casinos. He said it is time to let Alabama voters decide the issue of gambling. ...

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Increasing gas tax makes for tough politics, adviser says

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JACKSON — Mississippi will need strong bipartisan leadership if officials want to increase the gasoline tax to pay for highways, bridges and other transportation needs, the policy director of a national group called Transportation for America told state business leaders Thursday. Joe McAndrew described such a debate as “a tricky political question,” and said gathering support to increase or restructure ...

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Tupelo voters approve $44M school bond request

TUPELO — Voters have approved a $44 million bond request from the Tupelo Public School District. School officials say over 85 percent of the voters approved the request. It required 60 percent to pass. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports voters cast 3,276 ballots, with 2,800 supporting the request to issue the bonds to fund infrastructure upgrades, security features and ...

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Analysis: Initiative process complex and difficult to use

  JACKSON — A conservative group announced last week that it will try to put a term-limits amendment on the Mississippi ballot, but history shows there’s a good chance the proposal will never even come up for a vote. Legislators made Mississippi’s initiative process burdensome when they created it more than two decades ago. Putting a proposed constitutional amendment on ...

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Bay St. Louis councilmen question utility account shortfall

BAY ST. LOUIS — An approximately $140,000 shortfall in a utility debt services account has prompted the Bay St. Louis City Council to hold a specially called meeting Tuesday. Councilmen Lonnie Falgout tells The Sun Herald money collected from surcharges on residents’ utility bills since October has not been deposited into the account, and the city has a bond payment ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Get ready for November ballot perplexity

The differences between Proposition 42 and Alternative 42A are stark.   Huh?   Well, for those not up to speed, Proposition 42 is the constitutional amendment on public school funding that over 116,000 citizens forced onto the ballot for this November. Alternative 42A is the substitute amendment that 30 senators (out of 52) and 65 representatives (out of 122) forced ...

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Hosemann to launch crowd funding program

By JACK WEATHERLY  Crowd funding has been around for a few years. Sometimes it’s a shop that’s about to go under. Someone sends out the rallying cry and the money pours in, sometimes. And maybe there is a lasting benefit, maybe not. But the phenomenon has become more varied. And in some cases more sophisticated, with a longer-range perspective. By ...

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Jackson issues RFP in 3rd try for convention center hotel developer

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority is taking a third swing at getting a convention center hotel built. With the backing of Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber, the JRA late last month issued a Request for Proposals for a hotel of at least 300 rooms on Pascagoula Street across from the Jackson Convention Complex, an approximately 300,000 square-foot conventions and meetings center which opened ...

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With $200M available, next step is setting emergency bridge fix priorities

By TED CARTER Millions of dollars will soon be on the way to the Mississippi Department of Transportation for a triage effort to repair state bridges that have been neglected to the point farmers and other commercial transporters can no longer use them. MDOT’s three district commissioners must set the priorities for the repairs and spending of the $200 million legislators ...

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Regulators seek comment on rule to aid solar development

JACKSON — Though Mississippi has lagged in its use of solar energy, it may be starting to catch up. Tuesday, the state Public Service Commission voted to seek comments on a proposed rule that would mandate that utilities pay solar panel owners for power they generate. Also Tuesday, Entergy Mississippi held a groundbreaking for a commercial solar facility adjacent to ...

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