Governor announces plans for minor league baseball stadium.


Mississippi anticipates providing the City of Biloxi a $15 million grant to construct a minor league baseball stadium downtown, Gov. Phil Bryant announced today. The state’s anticipated financial assistance for the project comes from funds BP granted to Mississippi in 2010 during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. “The oil spill of 2010 had a significant … Continue reading Governor announces plans for minor league baseball stadium.

State casino’s April revenue worst since 1998.


Mississippi casino revenue kept falling in April, with gamblers losing less than in any other April since 1998. Mississippi Department of Revenue figures show statewide casino revenue fell 6 percent to $176.3 million. Year-over-year casino revenue has fallen in every month since July 2012. The state’s casinos, over the last 12 months, have collected only … Continue reading State casino’s April revenue worst since 1998.

Governor still uncommitted to gaming course expansion.


A bill headed to the governor would allow more of Mississippi's public universities and community colleges to teach management, accounting or other courses specifically related to running casinos. The courses could be taught only in counties where casinos are legal -- some areas along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast and in places with … Continue reading Governor still uncommitted to gaming course expansion.

DMR Interim Director says $4 million in state tidelands money missing.


Danny Guice, the interim director of the state Department of Marine Resources, has told the Sun Herald he can't account for millions in state money that has come to the agency in the last decade. "There were monies that I thought should have been available that turns out aren't," he said, "because they're not there. … Continue reading DMR Interim Director says $4 million in state tidelands money missing.

Mississippi, Lauderdale County taxpayers out $5 million from MDA gamble


Handy Hardware, a Texas-based hardware store cooperative, plans to close its 2-year-old Meridian warehouse Dec. 31, laying off 109 workers. Mississippi Development Authority spokesman Dan Turner said the state contributed a $3.6 million grant to Handy and plans to demand the return of the money. Handy CEO Ken White said he hasn’t heard from the … Continue reading Mississippi, Lauderdale County taxpayers out $5 million from MDA gamble

Casino revenue down 4.3 percent in Mississippi.


Casino revenue on the Mississippi Gulf Coast showed some improvement in September, but the state's gamblers lost less along the Mississippi River, dragging down overall receipts. Statewide casino revenue fell 4.3 percent from September 2011, to $177.9 million, according to Mississippi Department of Revenue figures. The 17 river casinos from Tunica to Natchez won $91.2 … Continue reading Casino revenue down 4.3 percent in Mississippi.

Pender: Expect loud passionate outcry over Mississippi lottery in 2013


Bennett said lawmakers will likely wait and see what transpires in other states and Washington before tackling online gambling. But a lottery will probably get cussed and discussed this legislative session. “So many people have asked about (a lottery),” said Bennett, R-Long Beach. “Legislators put in bills for it — every year. I told them … Continue reading Pender: Expect loud passionate outcry over Mississippi lottery in 2013

Mississippi slips among 5 casino states as gambling revenue drops » The Commercial Appeal


JACKSON -- Mississippi's longtime dream of passing New Jersey to become the nation's second-largest gambling destination has not happened. Now, Pennsylvania and Indiana have passed the Magnolia State in terms of casino revenue. The economy and the competition have contributed to Mississippi's current standing as the No. 5 gambling market in the United States. Of … Continue reading Mississippi slips among 5 casino states as gambling revenue drops » The Commercial Appeal

State agencies are big casino customers – Local – SunHerald.com


Mississippi government agencies spend millions of dollars in casinos, from the Coast to Las Vegas. Just how much they spend is hard to determine. It’s spread across individual agencies’ budgets and listed under many labels. Much of the spending is reimbursed to individuals for hotel rooms or meals and hard to track. But a look … Continue reading State agencies are big casino customers – Local – SunHerald.com

Bryant focuses on job creation – Elections – SunHerald.com


In a meeting with the Sun Herald on Wednesday, Bryant said as governor he would be focused on creating jobs and keeping existing jobs. He outlined his jobs program, which includes keeping corporate taxes low and creating a “Governor’s Regulatory Commission.” He said this 12-member civilian panel would review current regulatory practices to ensure fairness … Continue reading Bryant focuses on job creation – Elections – SunHerald.com