Thursday, March 24, 2016

Airport bill passes House (Updated)

The airport bill passed the Mississippi House of Representatives this afternoon on a vote of 74-46.  It is currently being held on a motion to reconsider.  The votes are posted below.  All Jackson representatives voted against the bill- except Bill Denny.  He just couldn't help himself.


S. B. No. 2162 passed by the following vote:
Yeas--Aguirre, Arnold, Bain, Baker, Barker, Barnett, Barton, Beckett, Bell (21st), Bennett, Bomgar, Bounds, Boyd, Brown, Busby, Byrd, Carpenter, Chism, Crawford, Criswell, Currie, DeLano, Denny, Eubanks, Eure, Formby, Foster, Gipson, Guice, Hale, Haney, Henley, Hood, Hopkins, Horne, Huddleston (15th), Johnson (87th), Kinkade, Ladner, Lamar, Mangold, Massengill, McLeod, McNeal, Mettetal, Mims, Monsour, Moore, Morgan, Oliver, Patterson, Pigott, Powell, Read, Roberson, Rogers (14th), Rogers (61st), Rushing, Sanford, Shirley, Shows, Smith, Snowden, Staples, Steverson, Touchstone, Tullos, Turner, Weathersby, White, Willis, Wilson, Zuber, Mr. Speaker. Total--74.

Nays--Anderson, Bailey, Banks, Baria, Williams-Barnes, Bell (65th), Blackmon, Burnett, Calhoun, Campbell, Clark, Clarke, Cockerham, Denton, Dixon, Dortch, Ellis, Evans (91st), Evans (45th), Faulkner, Gibbs, Hines, Holland, Holloway, Horan, Huddleston (30th), Hughes, Jackson, Johnson (94th), Karriem, Mickens, Middleton, Miles, Myers, Paden, Perkins, Reynolds, Scott, Straughter, Sullivan, Sykes, Thomas, Walker, Watson, Wooten, Young. Total--46.

Absent or those not voting--Frierson. Total--1.
Vacancies--1.

44 comments:

Fly me to the moon said...

This is great news for Jackson and tri-county. The "brother n law" deals will cease now.

Anonymous said...

Southwest????????

Anonymous said...

the brother in law deals are just beginning!

Anonymous said...

Guess reading the bills helped.

Anonymous said...

YES, This is Really Good News!!

Anonymous said...

Southwest IS.NOT.COMING.BACK. Shut the hell up about it. If you still think this about Southwest leaving, you are an idiot.

Anonymous said...

There has never been a more incestuous place than Rankin County. You ain't begun to see brother in law deals until you see what happens next.

Anonymous said...

So, 4:40P.M. what about JetBlue?

Anonymous said...

No airlines are coming to Jackson. Even Memphis which is much larger can no longer attract airlines.

Anonymous said...

What about Trump Air and Virgin? Yall are nuts. Putting Rankin people in charge is not going to change the economics of the airport.

Anonymous said...

Jackson is the worst run city in this country and the State had better step in when ever possible to keep people safe.

Anonymous said...

Southwest IS.NOT.COMING.BACK. Shut the hell up about it. If you still think this about Southwest leaving, you are an idiot.

Did you forget to take your medication today?

Anonymous said...

the changes that you see with this, once it ever actually happens after all the lawyers make a few millions over the lawsuits, will be that the lawyers that are currently sucking in big monthly fees will change to another set of lawyers that suck in big monthly fees. For those of you that constantly like to bitch about B/S, hope you aren't the same ones on this site thinking this is a good move, because your favorite whipping boys at the 13-story building were the driving force behind this change.

And, if you are wanting to catch a flight on SW, better be planning on driving quite a ways, cause they ain't acoming back to JAN anytime soon. Or ever.

Anonymous said...

5:56 Have you read anything about the Airline industry in the past 10 years? It's dying and nothing is coming to Jackson. This isn't right, plain and simple.

Anonymous said...

The only thing the elected officials in Jackson can run is their mouth.

Anonymous said...

I really hate to hear people bash Jackson but it has been terribly mis-managed for a very long time. I like Tony Yarber and I'm seeing great things out of Priester and a few others. They are trying to make a difference. Jackson dodged a huge bullet when LaBumbaloo Jr. lost the mayoral race so get behind the current leadership and help the good guys as much as possible. I'm not defending Jackson's mistakes and there should be better solutions for the airport...gives me hope. So I'm praying for city, county and state leaders to come together to do great things for the Jackson Metro Area. Perhaps, one day Jackson will be rid of the Stokes model of leadership and move ahead as an inclusive city.

Get To The Point! said...

Is it being suggested here that Feel's intentions are less than honorable? If so, spit it out and quit dancing around the campfire.

Anonymous said...

Believe it or not, nothing the airlines do is based on the composition of the JMAA board. Its based on financial demographics. Although there is a spattering of a few affluent people in the tri county area, we are not magically going to be able to compete with much larger cities like New Orleans just because Josh Harkins friends are in charge.

Anonymous said...

the GOP will bring southwest back. and sharks with laser beams

Anonymous said...

Tate 1, Gun 0.

Anonymous said...

We have had years of nothing being done except putting buddies on the board. Time to let the other side have a chance. They can't possibly do anything worse than what we have had.

Anonymous said...



Yep, affirmative action works both ways !!

Anonymous said...

Party at the Blackmon mansion tonight.

Theme: “We might loose, but we pissed off Whitey"

Anonymous said...

Complaining that you can't fly Southwest is like complaining that you can no longer get a McRib.

Anonymous said...

I'm hoping the deranged 'Southwest ain't coming back' sock puppet posts the same comment another 100 times.

Anonymous said...

6:30 is right on target. Get rid of Stokes and the entire city council. Give accountability back to one person, the Mayor. All the city council has done is add more government and waste time and money. Not to mention the VERY large racist black eye left by the Stokes types. Its foolish and unnecessary.

It's All Taking Shape said...

Look for Malcolm and Leland to be slud into airport commish positions. Maybe Bracy Coleman to add a little color and because Feel still owes Bracy. Dr. Sethi, if he's still alive, could fill the overseas slot. And just to round it out with somebody who has airport knowledge and experience, Karl Banks of Rt 2 Flora.

Anonymous said...

maybe the folks that were so worried about Jackson not being in charge can now focus on cleaning up Jackson instead of letting the airport go the same way Jackson's been...

Anonymous said...

POTW goes to @9:22.

It's very unlikely we'll see any new airline come to Jackson anytime soon regardless of who's on the board.

However, the majority of Jackson's elected officials are incompetent, crooked, or both, and the airport will be better for the change.

Anonymous said...

Those supporting this are in for quite a shock .
Will they question themselves when Southwest doesn't come back?
And, will they be surprised when , like with the outlet mall, only the developers and politicians get rich? Oh wait, y'all didn't know Off 5th is leaving? And, that the others will soon follow? Y'all looking at the condition some of the businesses and buildings in the commercial strips along Hwy 25 in such a short period of time?
Yeah, boy, Rankin county sure is well run!

Barry Crain said...

I cringe every time I see the "shrine" display to the City Council members at the airport.
Where is the diversity, sensitivity and inclusiveness? oh that's right, it only works one way. Idiots.

It's like dis and dat! Who kilt da mayor?

Anonymous said...

Let's put politics aside for just a minute. Let's ignore Southwest leaving or any other allegation of mismanagement. And let's totally forget about any accusation of racism.

This bill is a lawyer stimulus package. You simply can't vote to take property from a municipality. This will end up in litigation for years to come, and in my opinion, the BEST case outcome for proponents of regionalizing the airport is that eventually the State will have to spend nearly $100 million to acquire the airport and the land from the city of Jackson. That's only after having to pay millions in legal fees.

And I'm not saying Southwest is or is not coming back, but no airline has ever made a decision based solely on the management and tax rate of an airport. The only way to get Southwest back is to give them a reason, whether it be a large new industry (like Airbus coming to Mobile) or a dramatic growth in population that increases the number of potential customers. However, for now, the writing is on the wall, Mississippi is NOT open for business. We continue to make decisions that negatively affect our national reputation. At this point in time, our best bet for attracting investment is through manufacturing, but when our factory level worker is so poorly educated and unable to handle simple jobs, we will continue to be passed over. I voted against throwing money at Education, but our lawmakers need to stop bickering over gays and airports and spending cuts, and start looking into how to properly educate the people of this State.

I honestly believe that this legislative term has been one of the most foolish and wasteful I have ever experienced, and I'm incredibly disappointed that the agenda of this super-majority was dominated by buzz words and meaningless legislation.

Anonymous said...

One contagion theory after another. Only thing @12:09 didn't drop was a claim to be a Republican.

... but no airline has ever made a decision based solely on the management and tax rate of an airport.

NO airline, EVER, based SOLELY.

LMAO

Anonymous said...

@12:17

Do you actually understand contagion theory or do you just think that buzz words are more fun than content?

I stand by my assertion that airlines choose their routes based on a large number of factors and the management of the airport would NEVER be the sole deciding factor. Switching the board may improve the airport, but that doesn't even begin to cure the issues with Mississippi's attractiveness as a business destination.

And I'm not claiming to be a Republican or a Democrat. I don't think business issues are political. Next time listen to a company's earnings call or forecasts, let me know how many business decisions were motivated by anything other than profitability.

The Sky is Falling Republicrat said...

This bill is a lawyer stimulus package.

You simply can't vote to take ...

This will end up in litigation for years to come...

... the BEST case outcome ...

the State will have to spend ...

That's only after having to pay millions ...


THEN

... no airline has ever made a decision based solely on the management and tax rate of an airport.

But, but, but ...

I stand by my assertion that airlines choose their routes based on a large number of factors and the management of the airport would NEVER be the sole deciding factor.

Anonymous said...

Lordy, lordy now Carl suddenly says he is in talks with a new low-cost carrier. LOL LOL LOL

Anonymous said...

There is a consensus that corruption will be around. It will only be a different group of people. When the leadership in Jackson comes to realize they will have a fighting chance when they get rid of the "Kenny Stokes" of the leadership pool then and only then will they have a legitimate and fighting chance to control their own destiny.

Runway said...

The City administration cannot even provide safe water. You think they do better with airport safety?

Anonymous said...

The current airport manager is, by all accounts, a good person to lead. I'm sure he's talking to all lower-cost airlines all the time--regardless of the board. And frankly, after having worked where he's worked--I'm sure he's thinks there are and have been some real morons on the board.

let's face it--boards=money. rankin county just wants in on the money

Anonymous said...

Just a different set of politicians getting kickbacks from a different group of businesses or firms

Anonymous said...

All Jackson has to do is make the airport a criminal haven like they have done with Jackson. After a few murders, lots of theft, plenty of carjacking, cars stolen from parking lot, and Kennuff Strokes hanging around sweating on everything no one will fly in or out.

New Age Of Leadership said...

Then there's this:

6:30 p.m. likes Yarber and sees great things coming out of Priester, like announcing that Clinton will be the next Ferguson.

Anonymous said...

I've heard that a certain white legislator owns a lot of land surrounding the airport and that he and his buddies are looking for some get-rich-quick development once the state takes over.

Anonymous said...

Sorry guys, noticed none of us Jackson taxpayers are out there with you matching . Its because of what you've done to our city ,school system and property values since you took over. While the state its at it , please consider taking over JPS too . These kids deserve a lot more than they getting right now .

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