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MBJ Editorial: Bryant the man to build bridges, hoist state from depths

This publication has been more than critical of Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant in many areas, particularly during his run for governor, for which he will go head-to-head with Dave Dennis, Hudson Holliday and Ron Williams on Aug. 2 in the Republican primary. Insiders admit to us that he has deserved much of the criticism. His guffaws are numerous, but when ...

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MBJ Editorial: Lifting the cap would be a bad economic move for state

Mississippi’s Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether it’s constitutional to limit how much a jury can award to an injured plaintiff in a lawsuit. How the court decides could have a huge impact on both economic development and medical services. Before Mississippi enacted two series of tort reforms less than a decade ago, this state had acquired an ...

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Lignite looking more like the wrong horse to have bet on

While the world has been championing natural gas as the savior of the energy crisis, Mississippi Power has insisted that gas prices will be high and volatile — reminiscent of 2009 — for years to come. The 2011 Energy Outlook from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that natural gas prices will stay around $5 per million Btu through ...

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MBJ Editorial: Education remains atop state’s business wish list

Nearly eight out of 10 Mississippi business leaders (79 percent) believe our state can experience the same type of economic success as other high-growth Southern states. That is according to a report on the results gathered during in the Mississippi Economic Council’s Blueprint Mississippi Road Show. More than 2,000 took part in the electronic voting process, and an additional 1,000 ...

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MBJ Editorial: State needs consumer advocate at Public Utilities Staff

The Mississippi Public Utilities Staff is in need of a new director. Executive Director Bobby Waites has announced he is retiring June 30. He has served as director since 1996. The Public Utilities Staff is the advisory body to the Public Service Commission, which regulates electric, gas, water, sewer and telecommunications utilities in Mississippi. Reorganized by the Legislature in 1990, ...

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MBJ Editorial: Analyzing the Range Fuel shutdown in Georgia

The Wall Street Journal called it a fiasco, when Range Fuels suspended its operations in Soperton, Ga., in February this year before making hardly any of the cellulosic ethanol that it was expected to produce. The grants and loans have been called welfare for the rich venture capitalists, and WSJ calls for an end to stop throwing more money after ...

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