Some people may not have much sympathy or concern about the circumstances that led to their deaths since they were convicted of crimes, but as Governor Bryant said, they are just as important as anyone else in the state of Mississippi whose lives have been lost.
This week the state legislature worked together to provide necessary funding to fix our roads and bridges and other crumbling infrastructure. The two chambers have been at odds on how to address this, so it was good to see the house and senate come to an agreement so quickly on the funding sources.
There have been 59 homicides so far in Jackson and the murder rate is on track to set a new record. This week interim Police Chief James Davis said he can't keep officers because of low pay. The department is budgeted for 418 employees, but right now has nearly 100 job openings.
If you've had to visit a driver's license facility you know it is an inefficient operation and a great example of government dysfunction. Instead of reducing the number of offices, the Department of Public Safety needs to open more locations, especially in the more populated areas like Metro Jackson. ?
We keep waiting to hear when Governor Bryant will call a special legislative session to address funding for roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Word is, leaders in the Senate and House can't agree on what they will consider as options for those funding sources.
The situation at the Jackson Zoo has gone from bad to worse to the point of no return. The small glimmer of hope that the zoo could survive with a possible move to another location in Jackson is no longer an option
Next week people who live in Jackson will decide if they want to invest in their public schools. There is a referendum that, if approved, would generate $65 million for building improvements, renovations and other construction projects.
July and August are the hottest months in Mississippi, and this weekend the heat will be intense. In fact, the weather will be so hot we are bringing extra attention to the conditions implementing Weather Alert Days for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
We have shared many times that things are improving in Jackson. The new administration has been in office for more than a year and the leadership team is having a positive impact on infrastructure and other areas that have been neglected.
The US Supreme Court ruled last month that states can require those who sell goods with no physical presence in our state to remit sales tax. That puts our local business owners on a level playing field with internet sales.
New laws went into effect this week and one deals with people who like to camp in the left lane when driving. The new guidelines apply to any road with at least four lanes stating a vehicle should not impede traffic in the left lane.
Earlier this year the city revealed there was more than $20 million in missing revenue after discovering a third of the city's residents do not get water bills. For a city struggling for revenue, recovering that money is critical.
The people elected to represent us cast votes that impact how much we pay in taxes, the funding Mississippi receives for road and bridge improvements, health benefits, and many of our very important rights we have as Americans.
I am in favor of Jackson State University building a domed campus stadium instead of continuing to pour money into Memorial Stadium and the Coliseum, but don't believe there is enough population in the Jackson Market to support 50,000 seats. Here are some Your Turn comments
Cities are very competitive when it comes to recruiting new businesses. That is why it is strange when Jackson State University signs a 10 year lease in Madison for an offsite campus and the mayor of Madison doesn't welcome their business.
Hinds County District 2 Supervisor Doug Anderson recently announced his resignation after experiencing health issues. Then a few weeks later he rescinds his resignation because other supervisors indicated they were going to appoint Gil Sturgis.
It's not like the Christmas storms just appeared from nowhere. We had been talking about this impending weather event for nearly a week and the wind, rain, and potential flooding that was going to happen. And it did happen.