WLOX – Mississippi Senate leader signals deal likely on road money

Mississippi’s lieutenant governor says he’s ready to accept most transportation funding proposals championed by leaders of the state House. That makes an agreement more likely during a special session.

Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves tells reporters Monday that any package of legislation is likely to include transferring some taxes on internet sales to cities and counties, plus using money from sports betting and creating a state lottery to increase spending on the state Department of Transportation.

Reeves leads the Senate. He describes his stance as “a big move to the House position” compared to proposals he made earlier this year. The main sticking point appears to be how to administer money to cities and counties.



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WTOK – House speaker says he won’t block lottery

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn says he won’t block a proposal for a state lottery from passing his chamber “if the votes are there” among Republicans.

Gunn said Monday that House members intend to press forward quickly with a proposal to divert some taxes on internet sales to cities and counties as soon as a special session opens.

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WJTV – Special session moves ahead to address infrastructure needs

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WJTV – State Auditor launches new feature aimed at transparency

State Auditor’s office launched a new section of their website which is aimed at making documents and contract proposals more transparent to the public. Many contracts, requests for proposals, and various other documents from the office will be posted online.



“We wanted to compile these documents in one location for easy viewing,” said White. “An important part of being transparent is making public information easily accessible and searchable. Making these documents easy-to-find will also save time by eliminating the need for some public records requests.” The site will be regularly updated to add new documents as they are created by the office.

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DAILY JOURNAL – MDA’s McCullough touts state’s economic success

Mississippi’s economy is strong and still has room to grow, said Glenn McCullough Jr., the executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority.

The Tupelo native and former mayor, who also was chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority, spoke to the Rotary Club on Monday.

The state’s unemployment rate is near historic lows, but businesses are still needing qualified people to apply for the tens of thousands of jobs available statewide.

“We have a labor force of 1.28 million people, and today, 1,068,300 are employed,” he said. “Our unemployment rate in July was 4.8 percent. The good news is more Mississippians are working and they’re earning more. Our labor participation rate is going up. And since 2016, there are some 99,000 fewer people on SNAP. Now we want people who need SNAP to get it. But if they’re able to work, we want to train them and help them get into he workforce.”

As a whole, the state’s economy is sound, McCullough said.

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Mississippi Democrats bring in Louisiana Governor Edwards for fundraiser lunch this Saturday in Brandon