Jackson airport bill on way to governor

A bill to create a regional authority over the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport will head to the governor after the state Senate voted, mostly along party lines, Thursday to concur on changes the House made in Senate Bill 2162.

“I don’t care about changes made by the House,” said Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, who argued again Thursday against the bill. “This is someone trying to take our house.”

But Sen. Josh, Harkins, R-Flowood, argued no one is taking anything from Jackson. He said Jackson will continue to get property taxes and sales tax revenue from the airport if the bill becomes law and is approved by the FAA.