The Clarion-Ledger called the airport take over bill "state-sponsored theft" in an editorial published Friday. However, one short passage gives one pause and shows the mindset of the state newspaper:
In recent years, the board has hired different attorneys, taking a lucrative contract away from the Baker Donelson firm and divvying up the work between two firms. It is worth noting that the two new firms are minority-owned and closely aligned with U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson.
Ah yes, the same newspaper that raises hell over legislators parking RV's in a parking lot downtown or a legal pay raise given to a county prosecuting attorney calls the fees charged by several sets of attorneys to an agency with a $17 million budget "lucrative". The Clarion-Ledger's stance on sweetheart deals and outrageous fees seems to disappear when Friends of Bennie become involved. JMAA has a budget that is a fraction of the budget of JPS, Madison County, Rankin County, or Hinds County yet pays much more money to at least two law firms. Two law firms that send four attorneys to every board meeting Of course, the newspaper wouldn't know that little fact as its reporters do not attend JMAA board meetings. It is much easier to call such contracts "lucrative" than it is to question the spending. Earlier post about JMAA legal fees. One can only wonder what the newspaper would call the outrageous fees JPS paid on a refinancing of bonds last year. Make no mistake, this website questions the fees paid to the Walker Group, May firm, and Baker Donelson.
Disappointing. Very disappointing.