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PHIL HARDWICK — All about streets

Depending on the perspective, there are good streets and not-so-good streets.  And then there are great streets.  This writer has a bias toward streets that are canopied. In Mississippi, that means streets that have treetops over them. Some streets in Ocean Springs, Jackson and Laurel come to mind. This column is about great streets as defined by the Project for ...

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Many other states have increased gas tax for transportation

Mississippi is not the only state struggling with transportation needs, according to a report by the Legislature’s Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee. The report released this week cites the National Conference of State Legislatures as saying states have been in “a near constant state of crisis for about a decade” in terms of funding for transportation needs. The report ...

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Contour to add more seats starting May 1

TUPELO – Passengers flying between Tupelo and Nashville will soon have more company on the planes. Starting May 1, Contour’s twin-engine Jetstream aircraft will be back to their original configuration of 19 seats. Since April of 2016, the planes have only had nine seats. But with nearly 10,000 boardings last year and a clear demand for more seats, Contour proposed ...

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Legislative oversight group says DOT focus on maintaining existing roads

  The Mississippi Department of Transportation’s primary focus has become “system preservation, rather than new construction,” according to a report released Tuesday by an oversight agency of the state Legislature. The report by the Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee of the Mississippi Legislature reiterates what Transportation officials have been saying for sometime – that because of lack of funds ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: Gunn touts conservative groups’ support of transportation proposal

By BOBBY HARRISON Daily Journal House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said national conservative groups have endorsed his plan to decrease Mississippi’s tax on personal income and increase the levy on motor fuels – gasoline and diesel – to pay for transportation needs. Part of the speaker’s plan is to lower the income tax – funds that normally go for education, ...

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Group set to start work on US 49 south of Jackson

Michael Baker International, has partnered with the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) to reconstruct an eight-mile stretch of U.S. Route 49 in the Jackson metro area. The firm was awarded the $19.3 million Construction Engineering and Inspection (CE&I) contract in late 2017 and will prioritize safety, communication and efficiency to complete the complex project. The roadway is a primary arterial ...

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Transportation bills alive; equal pay and fake urine dead

Tuesday marked the Mississippi Legislature’s third deadline of the 90-day session. It was the final day for House and Senate committees to pass general bills that originated in and already passed the opposite chamber. Here’s a look at the status of selected bills, with HB to designate a House Bill and SB to designate a Senate Bill: ALIVE TRANSPORTATION – SB ...

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Senate advances road spending plan based on diverting money

State senators are moving ahead with a six-year plan to divert future revenue and borrow money to spend on Mississippi’s roads and bridges. The Senate voted 36-14 to advance Senate Bill 3046 , backed by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, sending it to the House for more debate. “The state can repair its infrastructure without raising taxes and by prioritizing spending on actual ...

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Senate advances road spending plan based on diverting money

State senators are moving ahead with a plan to divert future revenue and borrow money to spend on Mississippi’s roads and bridges. The Senate voted 36-14 to advance Senate Bill 3046 , sending it to the House for more debate. The measure would divert an estimated $800 million in future revenue to funds to be controlled by the governor. If all money ...

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KLLM announces pay increase for company drivers and independent and lease purchase contractors

KLLM Transport Services, LLC has announced a major pay increase for both company truck drivers as well as independent and lease purchase contractors. Effective immediately, KLLM solo company drivers are now paid $0.38 to $0.50 cents per mile depending on experience, with OTR teams receiving $0.48 to $0.53 cents per mile depending on experience. Effective February 5, independent and lease ...

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