Monday, February 1, 2016

Senators try to revive MDA zombie

Check out part of SB #2074 filed by State Senators Lydia Chassaniol and Joey Fillingane:

SECTION 1. Section 57-26-5, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:

57-26-5. (1) The MDA shall develop, implement and administer the incentive program authorized in Sections 57-26-1 through 57-26-5 and shall promulgate rules and regulations necessary for the development, implementation and administration of such program.

(2) A person, corporation or other entity desiring to participate in the incentive program authorized in Sections 57-26-1 through 57-26-5 must submit an application and an application fee in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) to the MDA. Such application must contain (a) plans for the proposed tourism project; (b) a detailed description of the proposed tourism project; (c) the method of financing the proposed tourism project and the terms of such financing; (d) an independent study that identifies the number of out-of-state visitors anticipated to visit the project and the ratio of out-of-state visitors to in-state visitors; and (e) any other information required by the MDA. The Executive Director of the MDA shall review the application and determine if it qualifies as a tourism project under this section and under the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to this section. If the executive director determines the proposed tourism project qualifies as a tourism project under this section and under the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to this section, he shall issue a certificate to the person, corporation or other entity designating such person, corporation or other entity as an approved participant and authorizing the approved participant to participate in the incentive program provided for in Sections 57-26-1 through 57-26-5. No certificate designating an entity as an approved participant and authorizing the approved participant to participate in the incentive program shall be issued from and after July 1, 2014, for tourism projects that are cultural retail attractions, or from and after July 1, * * * 2020, for other tourism projects.

(3) The MDA shall cause a cost benefit analysis of the tourism project to be performed by a state institution of higher learning, the university research center or some other entity approved by the MDA. Bill information.
The bill was referred to the Senate Finance Committee.  Senator Fillingane is the Committee Chairman. 



Anonymous said...

it's just vulgar! Highway robbery in plain sight

Anonymous said...

Establishment Republicans love crony capitalism. They just can't get enough redistribution of taxpayer dollars to their friends.

Anonymous said...

Tate Reeves and his buddies are at it again. When will MS voters wake-up and realize what's going on? Educate yourself, your friends, and your family. This is unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

I've always loved the addition of a research to be done by one of the IHLs. That's been a great way over the decades for legislators to throw money at their alma maters.
Occasionally, the research is actually needed. Seldom is it done by the IHL with the best capability. And, far too often, the research already exists and is available to any legislator who would sit or have someone sit for five minutes at a computer!
Of course, the IHL gets 10s to 100s of thousands of dollars to do what any educated person should be able to do in a few hours which will involve mostly cutting and pasting into a " report" document with a couple of hundreds of dollars at most of printing cost!
Whenever I would point this out, I'd hear how " little money" was involved! I would reply, " A thousand here, a thousand there , a thousand times gets to be real money over time".
When it comes to government waste and corruption and erosion of our freedoms, the devil is now and has always been in the details, not the " big issues" we argue over!

Anonymous said...

You can always get a study to say whatever you want it to say. Especially a study that you paid for.

Anonymous said...

Just another way for politicians to steal a little more money.
It would be nice to hear a politician actually tell the truth and say they are going to steal as much as possible.

Anonymous said...

We need a strike all amendment that abolishes MDA. Pick my pocket and give it to someone else? I'll pass.

Anonymous said...

Not your pocket.

Anonymous said...

Damn - want to abolish MDA on Feb 2nd and on Feb 3rd people praising MDA for their work in landing tire plant in Hinds County.

Some people are just never happy.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Charlie, shopping malls riddled with dead-end wage service sector jobs shouldn't qualify for kickbacks, EVER.

Anonymous said...

Kickbacks?? Just exactly how does this qualify as a kickback? The state provided a tax rebate for the shopping mall and developers took advantage of it. Unless you can show where the developers gave part of their project or its benefits to the legislators or the MDA, there isn't a kickback. Realize that busts your bubble of liking to bitch, but since that's the case you ought to spend the rest of your day tweeting with the Donald. Anytime something doesn't go his way that's his response - maybe you should try it and see where that gets you.

You ARE So Dense said...

Sales tax rebates --> Campaign contributions --> Establishment GOP kickbacks

Anonymous said...

With you, 5:14, but Dense at 4:05 / 6:00 can't get off of his slippery slope.

Anonymous said...

6:00. That's a stretch unless you have some big campaign contributions.

Routine contributions for real campaigns don't go into the candidate's pockets. Besides, bet you can't find any documentation to back up your cute little arrows. But keep on shouting it loud and with arm movements and screwed up facial expressions - you too can be a Donald without the millions made from your 'deals'.

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