Edith W. McMurray
Mississippi overdoes it with corporate welfare, doling out incentives to land companies or help them expand that in some cases will never pay for themselves.
But if the state is going to give money away to private businesses, it must hold them to their promises or demand the money back.
Opposition to the “One Lake” project in Jackson has already made for strange bedfellows, namely liberal environmental groups from the Louisiana coast and conservative local governments from South Mississippi.
Now add another name to the mix: U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson.
Unfortunately, at the same time several investors are putting money into downtown Columbia buildings, a rash of burglaries is hitting existing stores here.
The latest and most prominent one came at the Marion County Courthouse over Labor Day weekend and remains under investigation.
Legal sports betting in Mississippi is under way, and if ESPN’s report from the first weekend of college football is any indication, it is a work in progress.
The sports network sent a reporter to several casinos in the Mississippi Delta to check out the action — or in some cases, the lack of it.
Sarah Kountouris, executive director of Keep Mississippi Beautiful, is carrying out her “dream project” of planting native wildflowers throughout the state. Consider her a Johnny Appleseed of the 21st century.
Unfortunately, the Mississippi House of Representatives didn’t stick with its first instinct and kill a bill to create a state lottery.
Yes, it’s nice that Mississippi cities and counties will be getting extra state money from an internet sales tax to fix roads and bridges.
Gov. Phil Bryant came into office in 2012 vowing to start a medical complex in Mississippi. The challenge presented by that goal is clear by the fact that it took more than six years to unveil plans for it.
The logic for not giving jail time to public officials who embezzle money makes sense: Let them work and pay back their dishonest gain rather than be a further drain by requiring the taxpayers to feed and house them in prison.