Tuesday, April 11, 2017

MDOT tells Governor the clock is ticking

MDOT told Governor Phil Bryant last week that it would have to start notifying contractors that it will be unable to pay them if MDOT is not funded.  The legislature did not fund MDOT during the 2017 regular session. MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath said many contractors would have to be notified on or before May 17.  The letter says it all:




28 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like the line at the bottom.

Transportation: The Driving Force of a Strong Economy.

What a joke.

Anonymous said...

As a conservative, it is really embarrassing just how bad the GOP has performed with absolute control of the legislature, the Lt. Governor's Office and the Governor's Office. The fact that MDOT was not funded in the months long legislative session is jaw dropping when you really think about it and what is on the line.

First and foremost, the blame here resides with the Legislative leadership...namely Tate and Gunn. I think Gunn is well-meaning, but simply ineffective. Tate is effective to a fault, but incredibly ill-meaning relative to the interests of the citizens of this state. He means well for his political aspirations - it is the lens through which all of his decisions are made.

The House needs to look internally for a new speaker IMO. Give someone else a shot. Reeves needs to be voted out of public office. With their collective departure from guiding the ship, the state will instantly be in a better position moving forward.

While Phil is not the best governor the state has ever known, his hands are tied here and he has to deal with the mess presented to him.

More Service Stations said...

@11:03....says someone who hopes to be in line for the speaker's position.

Anonymous said...

Well said 11:03. Poor leadership in the Republican held legislature. Also a weak governor. Gunn needs to go. Of course he won't. All about the hunger for power and greed. The legislators will gladly pick up the extra check for the special session. They always waste the first month of the session and work three days a week throughout the session, but signing in on Monday afternoon and Friday mornings, or having someone else sign for them. there again, extra money. Time for new leadership.

Plain ol' Catfish said...

As a conservative, it is really embarrassing just how bad the GOP has performed with absolute control ...

There you go again.

With their collective departure from guiding the ship, the state will instantly be in a better position moving forward.

ROFLMAO

Anonymous said...

And this is just to pay for the stuff that is already in the works....has nothing to do with the roads and bridges left off the maintenance plan (the majority)

Republicans are much more effective as the minority party. Being in charge is a lot harder than being a barking dog.

Anonymous said...

But, these are the people you all elected...

Anonymous said...

When reason falls to ideology the people suffer.

Starting to hate the Tate

Anonymous said...

This is complete buffoonery at the highest level...give me a break...

The one and only Plain ol' Catfish said...

@ April 11, 2017 at 12:10 PM - Bootleg Version of Plain ol' Catfish

Look here you som'itch - get'cha own cotton pickin' nickname - you flea riddled scoundrel! LMAO

Billie Mackoy said...

Speaking of 'barking dogs', with great frequency we hear from about three yappers and heel-biters bitching about Republican leadership or lack thereof. Same mantra, same posters, repetitively posting the same bullshit re 'throw the bums out'!

The only difference with this thread is they haven't yet mentioned Lincoln's War or being the fattest state. Wait for it though.

PittPanther said...

I'm confused. Wasn't Bryant elected because the Tea Party wanted smaller government? So why are you guys surprised when Phil cuts, cuts, cuts? Isn't this what you wanted???

Anonymous said...

Only when MDOT's highways start looking like Jackson's streets will this GOP dominated legislature get off its brain-dead butt and fund transportation.

Pitt And Dates... said...

Pitty-Pander: The so called Tea Party was a fledgling babe in 2010 when Bryant was knee deep in his campaign. The movement had only existed for most of a year at that time. But we can understand the confusion of a Yank, so you get a pass.

They did successfully battle the forces of evil to give us Voter ID, though. Even YOU ought to respect that. We can't have all these dead coal-miners around here voting.

Anonymous said...

So why are you guys surprised when Phil cuts, cuts, cuts? Isn't this what you wanted???

YES. Keep cutting.

Anonymous said...


@ April 11, 2017 at 3:41 PM - "Only when MDOT's highways start looking like Jackson's streets will this GOP dominated legislature get off its brain-dead butt and fund transportation."

Hell, why do you think they passed Senate Bill 2525 - Capitol Complex Bill

It's probably the best thing they did all session.



Anonymous said...

Welcome governor Jim Hood. Because this is how democrats take over state government. 8 years of running the state in the dirt gave Louisiana John Bel Edwards, who has gotten every tax increase he's asked for.

See your future, Mississippi. It's bleak!

Anonymous said...

Much wisdom from 5:23, he's 100% correct. What we need to hope for is the next bunch of R's that come in 2023 (and they will come) will be more responsible and less, well, less mean.

PittPanther said...

3:43, yes, voter ID. Because so many people vote in one state, drive to another, and vote in that state also.

PittPanther said...

I really hope a Democrat isn't stupid enough to run on a platform of raising taxes to cover these shortfalls. Let the Repubs continue running this dumpster fire of a state, until nothing's left but a rotten husk and the people are begging for change. If that day never comes, let them continue to wallow in whatever remains of this state, like pigs in mud.

Anonymous said...

The GOP is quickly rebranding itself into the GRP (the Gravel Road Party).

Anonymous said...

Hood won't be running against a highly flawed Vitter. Try again Sparky.

Anonymous said...

Bryant doesn't give a damn about anything other than the Department of Public Safety/Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, whatever they are called this week. He wants to be one so that he can wear his cowboy boots with his uniform and drive a fast car. However, if he doesn't do something about funding for roads in our state soon, he can either prepare to learn to travel by horse and buggy transportation or D9 Caterpillars. Actually, though, he probably won't like that because his boots will get muddy.

Anonymous said...

Was there any reason given for the failure to fund?
Seems like a bunch of jackassery to me. The letter clearly points out, it will cost way more NOT to fund timely. Screw these politcal games and lets get the MS economy moving.

Anonymous said...

26 million was cut from community colleges. Not sure people understand how that affects the workforce in Mississippi

Anonymous said...

Did MDOT have a a signed appropriation bill by May 15 last year? The Commissionera must be going on vacation in June and want the special session early.

Breaking The News To Pitt Pander... said...

Pitt at 5:34: Who the hell said anything about voters driving from state to state to vote? Our problem here has been people driving from the graveyard to the polling place and others driving from polling place to polling place using multiple names. Please either pay attention to local reality or carry your ass back up north.

Anonymous said...

@6:48 - The Enrolled Bills were signed by both Houses on April 27 and sent to the Governor. It was approved by the Governor on May 16. May 15 was a Sunday, making May 16 the first business day when MDOT could have had to send notices.

Sometimes 2 minutes and Google can keep you from looking like an idiot.

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