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House Passes Road & Bridge Funding Bill

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn looks on as MEC COO Scott Waller speaks at an MEC news conference yesterday explaining how the House plan for fixing Mississippi's crumbling roads and bridges will make a difference.

The Mississippi House of Representatives recently passed a road and bridge funding bill, allocating $150-$175 million per year for fixing roads and bridges beginning in July.

The House proposal outlines:

  • $50 million in bonds: $25 million to counties, and $25 million to cities for bridge repairs.
  • Allocating the use tax Mississippi is already receiving through voluntary payments on out-of-state purchases by Mississippi residents: 50% to MDOT if they internally reallocate $25 million in their existing budget to prioritize road and bridge repair, 25% to counties and 25% to cities for road and bridge improvements.
  • That if federal law changes, allowing for the collection of use tax from out-of-state sellers, Mississippi will spend up to $200 million of that money on road and bridge improvements.
  • When our state general fund revenue grows more than 2% in one year, 50% of those dollars beyond the 2% growth (up to a max of $100 million) will be devoted to road and bridge improvement under the same formula.

The bill passed with an overwhelming vote of 109-7.

This passage comes just after the Federal Highway Administration closed 57 bridges throughout the state after an audit of 114 local bridges.

MEC applauds the recognition of the importance of the need for fixing Mississippi's roads and bridges by the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House and their commitment to making a difference.

MEC held a press conference after the House adjourned yesterday, praising the bill's passage and highlighting the support of state leaders. MEC COO Scott Waller, Mississippi Municipal League Executive Director Shari Veazey and Mississippi Association of Supervisors Executive Director Derrick Surrette spoke at the news conference praising the house action.

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Artists Selected for The MAX Hall of Fame


The eighteen Mississippi artists chosen for The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX) inaugural Hall of Fame class were announced at a press conference in Jackson on March 23 at the State Capitol. 

The inaugural class members are: 

Walter Anderson James Earl Jones

Sela Ward

William Faulkner B.B.King Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield)
Morgan Freeman George Ohr

Tennessee Williams

John Grisham Elvis Presley Oprah Winfrey
Jim Henson Leontyne Price Eudora Welty
Robert Johnson Jimmie Rodgers Richard Wright

The candidates were chosen from five categories:
-Acting (Movie, Radio, Television, Theatre, etc.)
-Literature (Essayist, Journalist, Novelist, Playwright, Poet, Screenwriter, etc.)
-Music (Performer, Arranger, Producer, Songwriter, etc.)
-Visual Arts (Graphic Artist, Painter, Photographer, Potter, Sculptor, etc.)
-Miscellaneous (Comedian, Chef, Entrepreneur/Executive, Cinematographer, Director, Producer, etc.)

For more information contact Paula Chance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Atmos Energy Donates $20,000 to Greenville YMCA

Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons, Atmos Energy President David Gates, Marney Dees, Chairman of the Board Greenville YMCA, Bob Williams, President of the Greenville YMCA

The Board of Directors and leadership of the Ho

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Over 120 Attend Final Scrambler on Energy

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Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding Division Christens National Security Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756)

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Over 150 Attend Legislative Scrambler on Economic Development

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Waller to be Interim CEO for MEC as Wilson Prepares to Retire

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Toyota Makes $750,000 Grant to Support 2 Mississippi Museums Project

“This tremendous gift will support the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History in Jackso...

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MDOT Releases Statewide Priority Project List

The deterioration of the state’s highway network is most noticeable along rural routes. Roads and bridges in these...

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Ingalls Shipbuilding Awards $100,000 in STEM Grants to 28 Gulf Coast Schools

This is the ninth year for Ingalls’ STEM program. The company has awarded more than $810,000 for STEM-related proj...

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Begins Fabrication of Destroyer Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123)

“Starting fabrication on another destroyer is a great way to start the year,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President...

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