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Employment lawyers warn of HB 1523’s workplace pitfalls

By TED CARTER Legal traps are ahead for private employers who impose their religious beliefs in the workplace once Mississippi’s new religiously focused “Freedom of Conscience” law goes into effect July 1, warn employment law attorneys Jaklyn Wrigley and Steve Cupp of the Gulfport office of Fisher & Phillips. The measure set to go into effect July 1 is touted as ...

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More budget turbulence: State short $56.8M for FY18

By Ted Carter A $56.8 million mistake in calculating state revenues will put state finances further in the hole as budget writers begin work on a fiscal 2018 budget. In a joint statement Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn attributed the $56.8 million shortfall to a “staff error” that over-estimated revenues during the FY2017 budget negotiations. It ...

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Transportation chairman urges local leaders to exert more push on funding for roads and bridges

By TED CARTER Local elected officials must do a better job persuading their legislators to back new road and bridge maintenance funding, Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons says in assessing prospects for getting a transportation bill through the 2017 Legislature. But whether they are willing to do so is unclear, especially after disappointment in the proposed local share of new transportation ...

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Gunn wants another evaluation of MDOT spending

  By TED CARTER Lawmakers are set to take yet another look at the effectiveness of Mississippi Department of Transportation’s spending, House Transportation Chairman Charles Busby says. Busby does not think another evaluation is needed just two years after a report from the Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, or PEER, gave MDOT passing grades on its spending ...

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JRA set to hire law firm to evaluate financial viability of hotel proposal

By TED CARTER Jackson Redevelopment Authority is preparing to pay law firm Watkins & Eager $90,000 to examine the financial soundness of the proposal selected for building a convention center hotel. Though the scope of work has not yet been determined, the Jackson law firm would supposedly look into the financial viability of the deal Engineering Design Technologies offered on building ...

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Yarber in fighting mood as Bryant signs Jackson-Evers takeover

Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing Wednesday of a bill giving control of Jackson-Medgar Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field to the state led Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber to pledge a constitutional challenge of the takeover. Yarber said in an emailed statement that he will “stand up for the city’s residents when it comes to unconstitutional measures.” The bill shifts policy making ...

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Broadband Voice becomes Fuse.Cloud as it turns 10

By TED CARTER Jackson’s Broadband Voice raised a toast to a 10-year partnership with the “the cloud” Tuesday and followed that by renaming itself Fuse.Cloud. The new brand more accurately portrays how the company has leveraged the Internet-based cloud’s capability to accommodate a growing list of voice, data storage and data transmission services, Fuse.Cloud says. Voice-over-Internet for business is still ...

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