Friday, October 30, 2015

Cochran gets $16.5 million grant for Jackson.

Senator Thad Cochran issued the following press release:


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement praising the U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision to award $16.5 million in grant funding to the City of Jackson for infrastructure improvements:

“This funding is an important investment in Jackson’s continued growth. The roadway and infrastructure improvements in the vital North State Street and County Line Road corridors will benefit businesses and residents alike. I appreciate Secretary Foxx’s willingness to work with the City of Jackson and the Appropriations Committee to secure this important investment in our capital city.”

On October 26, Cochran called Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber to inform him of the award. Congress annually appropriates funding for TIGER grants, which are awarded on a competitive and matching fund basis, and are directed toward projects that are expected to have a significant economic impact.


Project Description: This TIGER grant will provide funding to implement a lane reduction and construct complete streets, including pedestrian improvements and design elements to manage drainage and mitigate sanitary sewer overflows along North State Street and West County Line Road in Jackson. The completion of the project will enhance mobility in and around the historic Tougaloo College campus and integrate transportation improvements to connect residents and commuters to the city’s economic centers.

Project Highlights and Benefits: The project seeks to address critical infrastructure improvements and serve as a catalyst for sustainable development and revitalization in Jackson’s economic centers. The project improves two corridors, containing some of the poorest pavement conditions in the city, to allow Jackson to better maintain and more efficiently operate heavily-used transportation infrastructure. The project also upgrades water and sewer facilities to create a healthier environment by better managing drainage and mitigating sanitary sewer overflows.

Kingfish note: Meanwhile, Bennie tries to claim credit for this grant.  No surprise, it is what Bennie does. 


Call Me Skeptical said...

Damned sure better keep a tight watch and grip on that grant money. It should NOT go to fund overtime for city road department employees, funding a study of any sort, patching potholes in south or west Jackson or buying SUVs for any use or purpose. Nor should it go to pay the shortfall caused by people who are not required to pay their water bill.

A study two years from now will reveal that this pile of money was wasted.

Anonymous said...

Hand a starving dog a bone and ask him to save part of it for tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news! A big thank you to red China for loaning this money to the federal government to give to Jackistan, and thank you to my future grandchildren for taking on this obligation in support of a city that cannot support itself!

Anonymous said...

Lane reduction?

The roads aren't Tougaloo are some of the best in Jackson.

If Thad is gonna give Jackson money, he needs to focus on the water system.

Anonymous said...

Is anyone being assigned the task of keeping Siemens the hell away from the grant funds?

Anonymous said...

Maybe McDaniel will have more hotel options in the Jackson metro area now with this grant money ...

Anonymous said...

We should all thank Senator Kay Webber for her tireless work in getting Jackson this hard-earned money.

Also, a big thank you to all the black Democrats who voted in last year's GOP runoff. Enticed by the promise of more food stamps from Sen. Webber's office, you delivered.

Mississippi is headed in the right direction! All we need is more federal money given directly to the City of Jackson.

Anonymous said...

Help me understand how Tougoloo College, Lumber Liquidators, and a "Berry Farm" need to be first in line.

Anonymous said...

If this money didn't come here, it was going somewhere else. That's a fact, Jack.

Kingfish said...

So y'all complain about parts of Jackson looking crappy and then complain when someone does something to make them look less crappy.

Anonymous said...

Let it go somewhere else. The more of this money that comes to Mississippi, the more the puppet strings the federal government (which doesn't give a hoot about Mississippi, or her values) has on our great State.

Anonymous said...

Only a small token of Thad's appreciation for all the Precinct 80, 81, 82 & 83 black Democrats who showed up to vote for him in the 2014 GOP runoff.

Anonymous said...

KF: Complaining? No. I would like to think the grant would be used in areas that have sink holes, standing water and flood easily.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmpf. Probably going to be used to work on roads that some "black Hinds County judge" will use. "RINO" money. Mah tax dollars (ignoring reality that Mississippi gets back $2.34 for every dollar it sends). I know. You, being some white guy from Northeast Jackson or Madison or Laurel or DeSoto, singlehandedly pay the entire Federal budget with your vast wealth, brought about not by your lucky place in society but by your hard, backbreaking work over the years. Blood, sweat, tears, and toil over decades as them "47%ers" get away with murder (but pay higher taxes overall) Or, even better, this road/sewer money is not going yet again to Jones County for a new road to JCJC or to the airport that only rich folks use for their private planes. What an outrage! "Thad" probably arranged this with Haley Barbour just to rob you of "your" tax money. KF is right.

No greater backstabbers and armchair quarterbacks than the Tea Party. Only the career-suiciders would run under their flag. The one with that snake on it. More appropriate symbol has never been created.

Tea Party- the party of damned if you do, and damned if you don't. That's working out well.

For Hillary.


Anonymous said...

I believe this proves, with absolute authority, that this site houses the largest collection of assholes betting against the city at every turn.

Guess what? I live in Madison... but I still DRIVE in Jackson.

Jesus -- how could you NOT want the streets and infrastructure to be better?

Anonymous said...

Your headline for this article is very misleading. Congress appropriates funds to the TIGER Grants, they don't AWARD the funds. I'm sure there was a letter in the City of Jackson's grant application from Senator Cochran AND Representative Thompson. If you're going to hand out credit, provide it to the City of Jackson for the grant package presented and to the ENTIRE congressional delegation that assisted in securing the funding!

Anonymous said...

I believe this proves, with absolute authority, that this site houses the largest collection of assholes betting against the city at every turn.

Exaggerate that much on a daily basis or only on Fridays?

Burke said...

12:05, that's an extremely modest exaggeration when compared to the gaseous distortions emanating from the "assholes" of which 10:56 speaks.

Anonymous said...

So Burke you know the total population of assholes to support the "largest collection" claim?

Anonymous said...

Come on now.
Cut Burke some slack, bless her heart.
Whenever she can tear herself away from Designing Women marathons (I'm sure she pictures herself in the Dixie Carter role), she entertains us with little dollops of enlightenment.

kim wade said...

"Lane reduction" on County Line Road? "Worst pavement", sidewalks? Tougaloo? Bike trails and lanes?
WTH is this about.? We need $19 million on street repair. A total waste of money....

Anonymous said...

TIGER grants are awarded by the USDept of Transportation and only certain type projects qualify. The North State Street project was originally planned to be rebuilt with 1% tax dollars until the possibility of TIGER funding developed. And for those naysayers, this will not only rebuild the roadbed, it will replace the water, sewer and storm draingage lines in the roadbed. North State is one of the 'gateways' to the city and not a localized road. The County Line extension was planned decades ago but the cost to cross the railroad tracks and other issues tabled the project. Extending County Line to State Street and Tougaloo College area will alleviate traffic congestion for many travelers in the area.

And to those McD Cochran haters, Senator Cochran did not select the projects to be funded or the areas. That was done by the City of Jackson who applied for the funds. If they were not spent here they would have been spent somewhere else in the country. Jackson applied for a TIGER grant in 2014 and it was not selected as were most other project applications.

I am not about to defend the 'leadership' of Jackson in its management of money or its decision making process. But in this particular case, I believe it safe to say that the money will be spent on these two projects and not wasted as so much of the other city dollars are.

Anonymous said...

Why did the City select such a poor project. How about redoing North State Street aka 51 highway so it could be returned to State of Miss. That would get a good roadway and no longer would Jackson have to maintain it. Yes, the TIGER money could have been used for this if stated right.

Anonymous said...

"Only a small token of Thad's appreciation for all the Precinct 80, 81, 82 & 83 black Democrats who showed up to vote for him in the 2014 GOP runoff."

Uh, ok. And just how much has Chrissie McD gotten appropriated for them? They understand who hates them, and who will look out for them. You're not really too up on how human relationships work, are ya?

Anonymous said...

They understand who hates them, who will look out for them and who will pony up the $$$ to buy their votes. You're not really too up to speed on MSGOP election rigging, are ya?

To Recap... said...

So, we are to welcome this manna from Heaven because:

1) Kingfish says we shouldn't bitch because we now have some money and we bitched when we didn't have any and now we have some so there.

2) If the money didn't come here it would go somewhere else.

3) Tiger Grants are cool and Tougaloo is an historical diamond.

4) All you Jackson Haters need to shut up.

Anonymous said...

KF, would you please do a video of downtown Jackson from the railroad station to the Old Capitol and from the new courthouse to Sillers?

I don't think these yahoos have been downtown in the past decade!

Would you show them the improvements and all the new buildings please?

There's more to do but Geez Louise Rome wasn't built in a day!

Anonymous said...

Then when you are done Kingfish would you please do a video of all the streets all over Jackson now having potholes filled in with gravel.

Because people don't give a flip about downtown when the numerous potholes in front of their houses and broken pipe repair cuts on their street are being filled with gravel.

Anonymous said...

9:16- I agree with you. Earlier I asked "Help me understand how Tougoloo College, Lumber Liquidators, and a "Berry Farm" need to be first in line." and was met with a KF accusation of "complaining." Come live in Madison or Rankin County. It's a far better place and isn't run by a bunch of morons who study, waste millions in tax dollars and then cry poor when they can't flush their toilets or drink their own water.

Conservative government is best said...

Damn 4:37 - can't you read? Or just have a comprehension problem. This grant does include rebuilding of North State Street (basically between Fondren and the old Cherokee.) BUT, that would not let it be returned to the state for maintenance. That option was given up years ago under Mayor Dale Danks' administration when he let FBC build their crosswalk. And once given, the state would have no reason to take it back. It is not a state highway anymore - like it was when it was Highway 51 - and so it should no longer be the state's responsibility to maintain.

Just love the folks that think the state, or the feds, should stay out of our lives - except of course on those things that they want the state or the feds to do so that they don't have to pay for them. State Street is a "Street", not a highway, and is not the responsibility of the folks on the Coast, or in Tupelo, to maintain.

Anonymous said...

I am starting to understand a few things.

One old axiom comes to mind.

Beggars cannot be choosers.

We in Mississippi are lucky to get whatever federal funds we get. If you don't want to have it please by all means move, shoot yourself, or simply disappear. But for the love of the baby Jesus, STFU complaining! All you do is whine and moan. The lot of you!

No one from MS should be allowed to vote in any federal matter. We are a pack of dependent feral mean hogs.

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