Thursday, September 29, 2016

JMAA gets $17.7 million grant awards

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority issued the following press release:



Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Awarded $17,754,309 in Infrastructure Improvement Grants

Jackson, MS – The FAA through the Airport Improvement Program and MDOT awarded grant funds to support airfield construction projects at both the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) and Hawkins Field Airport (HKS). FAA provided $17,216,361, and MDOT contributed $200,000, toward the cost of resurfacing of the West Runway, and portions of parallel taxiway Alpha at JAN. AIP funds in the amount of $320,161, and $17,787, in MDOT funds, will be used to resurface the aircraft parking apron at HKS, adjacent to the historic terminal building. Work on the runway at JAN will commence at the beginning of 2017, while the project at HKS is scheduled to begin in November 2016.

Rosie L.T. Pridgen, Ph.D. Chairman of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority responded to the confirmation of the award with the following: “Our airports are key economic drivers. The Board of Commissioners of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) made a commitment to the community to fund today and tomorrow and ensure our airports have safe and well developed airfields to sustain and enhance our ability to provide commercial, military and general aviation services. With the assistance of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Mississippi Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division (MDOT), we are able make additional progress to achieve those goals.”

The AIP grants are made available to public agencies for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (“NPIAS”). For small primary and reliever airports, the grant covers ninety (90) percent of eligible costs, based on statutory requirements. Eligible projects include those improvements related to enhancing airport safety, capacity, security, and environmental concerns. MDOT grants are generally made available to support the ten (10) percent share requirement associated with AIP grants.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

How much did the City of Jackson spend? Surely they put some money in on the project since it is in the City of Jackson.
Oh, wait... they did not put anything in?

But the state of MS puts more money in? I guess this is foreshadowing what is about to take place with the rest of the city of Jackson. Get ready tax payers of MS. You are going to be paying for your Capitol city.

Anonymous said...

well, good for them.

you know, if jackson thrives, the rest of the metro area will too.

Anonymous said...

That's right 11:33. MDOT only acts as a pass-thru grant agency of FAA money for Jackson's airport. Provides the matching funds (that they are required to provide) only for Jackson's airport. All the other airports in Mississippi do not receive FAA grants thru MDOT or have the required 10% paid by MDOT. Since you obviously have no knowledge of how airport construction funding is done, or MDOT role in it why don't you go back to your Rankin trailer park and pop another top on your PBR and leave the heavy lifting to others that might have an idea of what they are talking about.

Anonymous said...

That's right 11:33. MDOT only acts as a pass-thru grant agency of FAA money for Jackson's airport. Provides the matching funds (that they are required to provide) only for Jackson's airport. All the other airports in Mississippi do not receive FAA grants thru MDOT or have the required 10% paid by MDOT. Since you obviously have no knowledge of how airport construction funding is done, or MDOT role in it why don't you go back to your Rankin trailer park and pop another top on your PBR and leave the heavy lifting to others that might have an idea of what they are talking about.

Anonymous said...

Genius at 11:33, two things:

1) Where does it say Jackson is not paying any money towards the airfield construction projects? The press release's first sentence states that FAA's and MDOT's grants "support" airfield construction projects - not that they fully fund them.

2) Don't act like the State of MS is benevolently propping up the city through this grant. The federal government, through the FAA, dispenses money for airport improvements in this State. As a condition, the State is required to match a small portion of that money. As the press release states: "MDOT grants are generally made available to support the ten (10) percent share requirement associated with AIP grants." If you really want to screw Jackson that badly, just tell the State to stop accepting this federal money.

So please, don't act like federal funding for MS's largest and busiest airport somehow equates to Jackson leeching off MS. The good news for you is that, since this grant is almost all federal money, you can avoid your tax dollars from going to this airport by not paying your federal taxes. Trump gets away with not paying federal income tax, and so can you! Please, try it! I can't wait to see how that works for you.

Anonymous said...

The socialist dems are up early this morning. Took only four posts to turn this into a Trump-Bash.

Anonymous said...

9:14, it takes a "socialist dem" to criticize someone for not paying their taxes? I had no idea this group loved non-taxpayers so much! What's next, do you guys all-of-the-sudden love renters too?

Anonymous said...

I am a non tax payer. Have been for over 5 years. I just couldn't see me paying my hard earned money to a govt. that sent so much overseas and gave so much to dead beats and the rest to crooked politicians.
I feel much better now.

Anonymous said...

10:36 then continued, while breathing heavily through his mouth, that not paying taxes made him "smart."

Anonymous said...

11:40, as long as the above poster does not break any laws he is smart. Everyone tries to pay as little taxes as possible. How many times have you sent in an extra check to the IRS?

Anonymous said...

A welfare city and a welfare state!

Anonymous said...

10:35 and 1:55 We only take standard deductions available to ALL taxpayers because we realize the money also goes to our support our national security at every level including armor for troops fighting on our behalf, to law enforcement and to pave highways and streets , to the Institute of Health and to the CDC, to name but a few.
We consider it a matter of patriotism and honor and fairness.
We also pay generous wages to those employees we know are critical to our success as we know we can't and didn't to it all alone.
We are in the top tax bracket but we have benefitted the most and have the most to lose if our Nation fails.
No man is an island but sociopaths,narcissists and con artists believe it's all about them. No one helped them by preparing the food on their tables or building the things that give them the freedom to engage in enterprise.
To us, it is the worst form of entitlement because you think it makes you superior to your fellow citizens.
We don't ask what our country can do for us, but what we can do for our country to make it a more perfect union.
We are also Christians and take seriously that it is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get to Heaven and that greed is one of the deadly sins.
We have no need to prove our worth by showing off. Our worth is based on our integrity.
Our charitable contributions and tithes are not to gain recognition or praise.
While we agree that not all tax money is well spent, we think it more sensible to fight for changes in how money is spent rather than to make sure there is not enough money for that which makes us stronger.
You think you are smart. I think you are self-centered and think there is noting more important than yourself. You bitch about bad roads and bad water systems but you want those for free. You are no different from those welfare recipients you scorn. You both want something for nothing . Indeed you are worst because at least some of them haven't the ability or skills to provide for themselves. You are asking for a free meal, you are asking for a free highway and for me to be an unwilling investor in your business without profit sharing and to pay more for your goods or services than they are worth.




Anonymous said...

5:36, the IRS has a form that they will gladly give you to fill out and you can attach a check with extra tax money. You should know that already as I am sure you send in extra tax money every year.

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