YP – Mississippi Senators, Congressmen respond to President Trump’s State of the Union Address

 

Mississippi AG Fitch attends SOTU

 

WLOX – MDOT audit suggests ways to streamline agency’s billion dollar budget

MDOT audit suggests ways to streamline agency’s billion dollar budget

A report released Tuesday by State Auditor Shad White shows the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) could save millions of dollars by streamlining operations.

“The auditor’s office brought in national experts who had done studies on departments of transportation around the country for this project. Working with those experts, we found MDOT is meeting many industry standards and best practices. But in any agency with a billion dollar budget, there will be ways to save money,” said White. “My hope is that the new MDOT leadership will be able to use this report to make MDOT as efficient as it can be for the taxpayers. The quality of our roads and bridges is important to Mississippi families, so we need to maximize the impact of every dollar we spend.”

YP – Hosemann seeks state employee pay raises

 

WAPT – Mississippi House OKs resolution to pressure EPA to build pumps

Mississippi lawmakers are hoping to build pressure on the federal government to install pumps in flood-prone areas.

The state House has approved a resolution that is now before the Senate to urge the Environmental Protection Agency to approve pumps in Warren County and other areas of the Delta.

YP – State flag bill seeks commission to offer new designs

 

WCBI – MS Legislative bill could ban corporal punishment in schools

YP – Work begins in the MS Senate to solve Corrections issues

 

WDAM – Miss. adjutant general gives keynote speech at annual Laurel DAR luncheon

Miss. adjutant general gives keynote speech at annual Laurel DAR luncheonThe head of the Mississippi National Guard was in Laurel Tuesday to speak to a patriotic organization.

Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, Mississippi’s adjutant general, was keynote speaker for an annual national defense luncheon, hosted at the Laurel Country Club by the Nahoula Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Boyles said some improvements are coming to National Guard armories in Laurel and Hattiesburg.

He said federal and state money is being used to make those improvements.

WTOK – Bland endorses Mike Bloomberg in presidential race

Meridian Mayor Percy Bland has endorsed Mike Bloomberg for president in the Democrat Primary.

The Bloomberg campaign announced Tuesday it had garnered endorsements from nearly thirty mayors nationwide.

“There are so many things to admire about Mike Bloomberg. But chief among them has to be his commitment to tackling the core issues plaguing our country,” said Bland. “Mike knows that there are practical, passable policies that will tackle our infrastructure needs, address the violence impacting our communities, and provide economic empowerment. Whether it’s his groundbreaking Greenwood Initiative or the work he’s done for decades, Mike is that guy, and I look forward to sending him to Washington. He can go toe-to-toe with the roadblocks that have been an impediment to progress.”

DAILY LEADER – Second Amendment Sanctuary bid in Lincoln County successful

A grassroots effort to earn Second Amendment Sanctuary status for Lincoln County proved successful Monday as supervisors passed the resolution 5-0 with little discussion.

Kendall Boutwell led the charge of about three dozen residents who packed the supervisors’ boardroom to ask for a declaration for Lincoln County as a place where public funds will not be used to restrict the Second Amendment rights of the citizens or to oppose any infringement on the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.

WLOX – Amtrak to span the Coast after Mobile votes to allow rail service

Amtrak to span the Coast after Mobile votes to allow rail service

Plans for a rail service that runs from New Orleans to Mobile with stops along the Mississippi Gulf Coast will proceed.

Mobile City Council met Tuesday to vote on the much-debated issue after tabling it last week for more discussion.

After hearing from multiple people who are concerned about the passenger rail service bringing more traffic to the city, more safety concerns, and more spending, the city council voted six-to-one to approve funds for the rail service.