House Committees Pass Several MDOT Funding Bills Hoping Something Will Stick

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 5th, 2018 at 6:24 am

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Filed Under: Business, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News, Philip Gunn, Spending, State Bonds, Taxes, Transportation

Speaker Philip Gunn made it clear to a room full of business leaders Thursday that the House is wasting no time to take action on roads and bridges. “Second day of the session, three of my committees in the House met and passed out some of those ideas and we’re going to continue to meet,” […]

North Mississippi Lawmakers Republican Parks And Democrat Bain Both Reject Talk Of State Lottery

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 11th, 2017 at 12:41 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Culture, Democrats, Gambling, Legislature, MDOT, MS State Government, News, Nick Bain, North Mississippi, Politics, Republican, Revenue, Rita Parks, Spending, State Lottery, Transportation

Parks said although she’s open to creating new ways to generate income in the state, the Kossuth native is against a state lottery. Rep. Nick Bain (D-Corinth) said he will also vote no on any lottery legislation.

Mississippi Senate Rejects House Attempts To Earmark Internet Taxes For Road And Bridge Repair

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 28th, 2017 at 6:30 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Philip Gunn, Politics, Republican, Spending, Tate Reeves, Taxes, Transportation

Gov. Phil Bryant will have to call a special session for lawmakers to set a budget for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. The House on Monday tried to force the Senate to hold discussions about a long-term plan to fund repairs for highways and bridges. But, that effort failed in a rare public disagreement between […]

WILSON: Mississippi Bridge List Filled With Discrepancies

By Steve Wilson | March 24th, 2017 at 1:39 pm

BY: Steve Wilson / Investigative Editor - Mississippi Matters

A reporter with Watchdog.org, a member of the Mississippi Press Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Steve served four-plus years in the United States Coast Guard after his high school graduation and is a native of Mobile, Ala.

Filed Under: Business, Contributor, Economic Development, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, MS State Government, Spending, Transportation

A December 2015 study commissioned by the Mississippi Economic Council and conducted by researchers from Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi said the state needs to spend $375 million more annually, with $300 million for state bridges and highways and $75 million for local needs.

According to numbers Mississippi Watchdog obtained from the Legislature, the total price to repair or replace all of the closed or posted bridges on the list would be $59.6 million. The average lifespan of a bridge in the U.S. is 70 years. Most bridges on the list would cost $250,000 or less to replace.

As Time Ticks Away In 2017 Session MDOT Works With Feds To Close Bridges.

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 6th, 2017 at 10:13 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Democrats, Ethics, Federal Government, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Politics, Revenue, Spending, Tate Reeves, Transportation

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves implied in a comment to media that the recent timing of MDOT and the Federal Highway Administration closure of more than 100 bridges is suspect. The chairman of the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee, Sen. Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, warned that the newly designated status of the more than 3,000 bridges could […]

MDOT Spending Money On Slick Video Production To Convince Voters The Dept. Needs More Money.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 24th, 2017 at 6:56 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Business, Ethics, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, News, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, Transportation

Unfortunately for those advocating for raising the gas tax, this video raises a more basic question: “Why Does MDOT Spend Money On Promotional Material Instead Of Roads And Bridges?”

House Leaders And Grassroots Conservatives Have Tug-Of-War Over Internet Tax Bill, MS GOP Remains Silent

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 7th, 2017 at 1:36 pm

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Filed Under: Banking and Finance, Budget, Business, Economic Development, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News, Politics, Republican, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, Transportation

Legislation to collect sales taxes on internet purchases cleared the Mississippi House on Monday after a tug-of-war between House Republican leadership and grassroots conservative advocacy groups. The bill claims the need for the tax increase is to fund improvements to deficient roads and bridges. However, data to support the claims of deficient conditions has been […]

PLUNKETT: Which State Agencies Spent The Most Money And Gave More Pay Raises During 2016 Spending Spree? [Interactive Chart]

By Keith Plunkett | January 20th, 2017 at 8:45 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Editor

Keith Plunkett is a Policy Consultant, Editor, Writer, Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com. http://mississippipep.com/profilegrid_blogs/keith-plunkett/

Filed Under: Budget, Contributor, Economy, Ethics, Keith Plunkett, MDA, MDE, MDEQ, MDOC, MDOT, Medicaid, MEMA, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi Supreme Court, MS Attorney General, MS Bureau of Narcotics, MS Secretary of State, MS State Government, News, Opinion, PERS, Politics, Public Service Commission, Spending, Taxes, Treasurer

The Hattiesburg American published a report by Clarion Ledger Political Reporter Geoff Pender on Monday, January 16 that: “a report requested by lawmakers and making the rounds at the Capitol shows that 74 state agencies, for the first five months of this fiscal year, gave $12.4 million in raises to 3,396 employees. It shows that […]

PENDER: Rough road ahead for motorists, politics

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 20th, 2014 at 7:29 am

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Filed Under: Legislature, MDOT, Public Safety, Taxes, Transportation

BY: Geoff Pender Many of our roads and bridges are in poor shape and expected to get worse from lack of maintenance. On present course, experts predict more than half the state’s roads will be un-travelable by 2030. Part of the problem is the state, with an ambitious road building program in the 1980s, added […]

MDOT funding Indian Mound Trail with $800,000 grant.

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 9th, 2013 at 8:00 am

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Filed Under: Education, Federal Government, History, MDOT, Mississippi, MS State Government, Spending, Transportation

The Mississippi Department of Transportation has received an $800,000 grant to put up historical markers and create road pull-offs. The trail is envisioned to run 350 miles from Wilkinson County to DeSoto County. Among the trail’s major sites will be the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians in Natchez and Winterville Mounds State Park north […]