SH – Instead of private biz paying for trips, taxpayers picking up the bill

Top highway officials said they stopped letting the road-building industry pay for their trips to meetings at luxury hotels in tourist hot spots — a change lawmakers and the state’s top ethics official applaud.
Taxpayers now pick up the tab for Southern District Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown, Central Commissioner Dick Hall and Northern Commissioner Bill Minor to go to meetings put on by the Mississippi Road Builders Association, asphalt-paving groups and others to whom the officials award contracts.

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