State agents with DOR are ‘Cruising the Coast’ this weekend looking for unpaid taxes.


State revenue agents are on the lookout for property owners and operators renting beach lots to cruisers. The Mississippi Department of Revenue wants its 7 percent sales tax on the income from the rentals. Mississippi charges sales tax for transient cars, trucks, trailers and recreational vehicles parked for a fee. Paid parking lots and garages … Continue reading State agents with DOR are ‘Cruising the Coast’ this weekend looking for unpaid taxes.

Mississippi Tourism Director wants more funding.


Mississippi's tourism budget is among the lowest of any state in the country and while there are goals for increasing tourism, "The plan starts with more funding," said Malcolm White, executive director of Mississippi Development Authority's Tourism Division. "This is a spend-money-to-make-money business," he said. Competing states and destinations have much larger budgets, and he … Continue reading Mississippi Tourism Director wants more funding.

Review of MDMR shows agency susceptible to “fraud, waste and abuse” new director says.


The head of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources said Tuesday that the agency is “susceptible to fraud, waste and abuse” and must change its own work environment. Jamie Miller’s comments came as he released results of an accounting firm’s review of the agency. It was conducted during Miller’s first 60 days as executive director … Continue reading Review of MDMR shows agency susceptible to “fraud, waste and abuse” new director says.

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.

Governor Bryant to announce Biloxi stadium plans


Gov. Phil Bryant will be in Biloxi Thursday to announce plans for a minor league baseball stadium north of the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on U.S. 90. He will be joined by Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway and other local officials at the 3 p.m. announcement, during which Bryant will unveil the preliminary designs for … Continue reading Governor Bryant to announce Biloxi stadium plans

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.

How Mississippi Became Beer-Friendly


Oxford’s inaugural beer festival is a direct indication of the alcohol reformation taking place in Mississippi. Most of the beers provided at the festival this year were illegal in the state less than a year ago. The state had and still has some strict and odd regulations when it comes to alcohol. Yet, since being … Continue reading How Mississippi Became Beer-Friendly

Chairman on DMR: ‘Nobody really knows how much money the agency really has’


The Department of Marine Resources has $117,250 in its budget for the rest of the fiscal year, according to a report by its director of administrative services Tuesday at the Commission on Marine Resources meeting. It took Tom Doster less than a minute to deliver that economic news. CMR Chairman Vernon Asper obviously wanted to … Continue reading Chairman on DMR: ‘Nobody really knows how much money the agency really has’

Ocean Springs mayoral candidate calls state auditor to clear up taxpayer funded fishing trip.


Jackson County Supervisor John McKay said Thursday the deep-sea fishing trips he took in 2012 with the state Department of Marine Resources have become an issue in his race for mayor of Ocean Springs. In a meeting with the Sun Herald, he said he plans to go to the State Auditor's Office next week and … Continue reading Ocean Springs mayoral candidate calls state auditor to clear up taxpayer funded fishing trip.

Governor unveils Coast projects funded by BP money.


BP PLC is paying $69 million for interactive exhibits at a Hancock County science center, a concrete pathway on the beach at Pascagoula, up to six miles of shoreline and improvements at a park as part of Mississippi Gulf Coast restoration from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Gov. Phil Bryant said. The money is part … Continue reading Governor unveils Coast projects funded by BP money.