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Supervisors Association says counties shorted in transportation funding plan

By TED CARTER The organization that represents the boards of supervisors for Mississippi counties says counties need much more than a 10 percent share from a proposed $375 million annual allocation for roads and bridge maintenance. The plan presented by a 24-member task force created by the Mississippi Economic Council would give counties and cities $75 million annually from the $375 ...

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ANALYSIS — Tax fairness could be issue in push for transportation money

Mississippi could get smoother roads, lower taxes and a tax system more tilted to favor the rich than it does today. That’s one possible outcome of a “tax shift” that some people are discussing as the 2016 legislative approaches. It would work something like this: lawmakers would vote to raise fuel or other taxes to repave roads and rebuild bridges. ...

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Bryant will require tax cuts to offset new road, bridge taxes

Staff and Wire JACKSON — Reacting to the Mississippi state chamber of commerce’s call for new fees and taxes to fund an annual $375 million to fix up decaying roads and bridges over a 10-year period, Gov. Phil Bryant insisted Friday that such tax increases must be offset by “by corresponding tax cuts.” Bryant did not indicate support for the proposals, ...

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It might be obvious but do not bring your grenades — Travel tips from TSA

By LISA MONTI The Transportation Security Administration wants to remind you that if you’re flying during the busy holiday season, please leave your guns, grenades and martial arts tools at home. No, really. TSA already this year has collected 400 pounds of prohibited items that passengers brought to the security checkpoint at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, and officials expect to collect more ...

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Stennis International Airport operations increase 32 percent

Stennis International Airport flight operations increased by 32 percent over the past year thanks to more military flights, a new terminal and a focus on customer service at the Hancock County airport. Stennis recorded a total of 29,010 takeoffs and landings in fiscal year 2015, up from 22,008 the previous year. The numbers were compiled by Quadrex Aviation, an international ...

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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?

  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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OTHER VIEWS — Expect big push for highways in 2016 legislative session

The 2016 Mississippi legislative session will likely see a major initiative to pass a substantial highways and bridges maintenance and construction bill, a critical issue that involves not only infrastructure but economic development, which is always linked in some way to transportation. That issue, among others, will test the mettle of newly elected legislators to take on key state issues ...

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