WILSON: Mississippi Brewers want to relax regulation of on-site sales 


BY: Steve Wilson | Watchdog.org    Mirroring a trend nationwide, the industry has grown from one microbrewery in 2003 — Lazy Magnolia in Kiln — to seven statewide, but that’s still the lowest per-capita of the 50 states. According to the Brewers Association — a Boulder, Colorado-based trade organization for craft brewers, home brewers and … Continue reading WILSON: Mississippi Brewers want to relax regulation of on-site sales 

With $24.5 million from state taxpayers, Gulfport looks to BP money to fund remainder of $40 million aquarium investment. 


   The Mississippi Aquarium planned for Gulfport's waterfront would create a visitor experience "significantly larger in scale" than any Coast attraction, a marketing study says. (Click here to see study) The Gulfport Redevelopment Commission, which owns 12 acres downtown where the aquarium would be built, is talking about an initial investment of $40 million. Mayor … Continue reading With $24.5 million from state taxpayers, Gulfport looks to BP money to fund remainder of $40 million aquarium investment. 

Parts sold from KiOR biofuel plant that owes Mississippi $79M


   Equipment from the failed KiOR biofuel plant in Columbus is being sold, but Mississippi taxpayers are likely to recover little of the $79 million that the state is seeking. Iowa-based REG Synthetic Fuels is paying a receiver $1.5 million for some refining equipment at the KiOR plant, which was supposed to turn wood chips … Continue reading Parts sold from KiOR biofuel plant that owes Mississippi $79M

Gulfport offers seven-year tax break to jump start construction on beach front. 


   Gulfport officials said the city tax-incentive program is new to Mississippi. They are trying to bring businesses and residents back to the beach, where 2005's Hurricane Katrina left so many empty lots. "I think we're the first ones" to offer the tax break, Urban Development Director Greg Pietrangelo said. "We had to go through … Continue reading Gulfport offers seven-year tax break to jump start construction on beach front. 

MEC transportation task force expected to propose raising gas tax and introducing user fees. 


   Congress’ failure to renew federal highway funding beyond the next three months is not expected to keep a Mississippi Economic Council transportation task force from delivering an assessment of the state’s transportation needs and how to pay for them. Supporters of decreasing the state’s $2 billion road & bridge maintenance backlog are counting on … Continue reading MEC transportation task force expected to propose raising gas tax and introducing user fees. 

MS unemployment rate creeps up with increase in labor force. 


With people flooding into Mississippi’s labor force, the state’s job market couldn’t quite keep up in May. Mississippi’s unemployment rate crept up to 6.7 percent from 6.6 percent in April, ending five straight months of falling joblessness rates. The number of people who told surveyors they had a job increased by more than 6,000, but … Continue reading MS unemployment rate creeps up with increase in labor force. 

Lobbying for exceptions to Mississippi ban on companies doing business with Iran has legislators picking winners and losers.


The state Senate allowed Senate Bill 2807 to die at a deadline Monday without taking it up. However, the effort remains alive because the House earlier passed a similar bill, House Bill 1127. Sen. Nancy Collins, R-Tupelo, said she wants to remove part of the proposal that would ban state and local governments from contracting … Continue reading Lobbying for exceptions to Mississippi ban on companies doing business with Iran has legislators picking winners and losers.

HB 907 to subsidize music industry in Mississippi passes House Tourism Committee


A bill in the Mississippi House would give subsidies to people who record music or give high-cost concerts or theater performances in Mississippi. The House Tourism Committee passed House Bill 907 Wednesday. It goes to the House Ways and Means Committee for further consideration. House Tourism Committee Chairwoman Rita Martinson, a Madison Republican, says the … Continue reading HB 907 to subsidize music industry in Mississippi passes House Tourism Committee

Sen. Sojourner and Rep. Currie introduce legislation to protect property rights of Mississippians.


Two bills that would protect property rights from Agenda 21 and other similar measures have been introduced to the Mississippi State Legislature. House Bill 490 (HB490), introduced by State Rep. Becky Currie, and Senate Bill 2809 (SB2809), introduced by State Sen. Melanie Sojourner, would prohibit the state, as well as cities and counties, from adopting … Continue reading Sen. Sojourner and Rep. Currie introduce legislation to protect property rights of Mississippians.

Crony Capitalism: Mississippi taxpayers loan to KiOR for biofuels plant headed for a messy ending.


With dreams of a biofuels revolution based in Mississippi seemingly wiped away for good amid mounting losses and questions from investors and regulators regarding being misled about the company's prospects, KiOR now finds itself not as Mississippi's latest business success story but its newest defendant. State officials have filed suit against KiOR's leaders and its … Continue reading Crony Capitalism: Mississippi taxpayers loan to KiOR for biofuels plant headed for a messy ending.