Mississippi drone maker facing serious issues

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  economic development, Mississippi, News, Technology, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: U.S. Navy

A UAV, the Fire Scout, built in Mississippi, faces possible cancellation after being 70 percent over budget.

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‘Cultural’ shopping centers race to claim your tax money

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  economic development, Mississippi, State House, State Politics, Uncategorized, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: Steve Wilson

While the Mississippi Development Authority is ending its program of incentives to “cultural retail attractions,” a pair of shopping center projects have slipped in under the wire.

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Stand by your bond: Tiny town aims to build Tammy Wynette museum

By   /  April 4, 2014  /  Mississippi, News, Politics, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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The tiny Itawamba County town of Tremont aims to build a $2.5 million museum to honor Tammy Wynette if Mississippi governor Phil Bryant signs House Bill 787 into law.

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Green energy striking out in Mississippi

By   /  March 31, 2014  /  Climate Change, Economy, Energy, Environmental, Federal Government, Free Market, Global warming/climate change, Mississippi, News, venture capital, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

IDLE: The Kior plant in Columbus, Mississippi is designed to turn wood chips into gasoline. The state loaned the company $75 million with a no-interest loan to build the Columbus facility and a larger plant in Natchez in 2010.

With Major League Baseball’s opening day in full swing Monday, it’s easy to make a parallel with green energy projects in Mississippi, and the scorecard isn’t a pretty one.

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Lipstick on a pig: 5 reasons to gut Farm Bill

By   /  February 4, 2014  /  Agriculture, Food Stamp/SNAP Fraud, News, SNAP, U.S. House, U.S. Senate, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

AT THE TROUGH: The sale of Smithfield Foods will take the publicly traded Virginia company private.

The ultimate in pork-barrel politics, the Farm Bill is ripe for final approval this week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the measure is a done deal after it cleared the GOP-controlled House.

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