Friday, February 8, 2019

Pork Alert!

State Senators John Polk and Lydia Chassaniol are trying to bring a bit of pork to Winona.  Check out SB #2963:

(2) (a) (i) A special fund, to be designated the "2019 Winona Historic Clock Tower Fund," is created within the State Treasury. The fund shall be maintained by the State Treasurer as a separate and special fund, separate and apart from the General Fund of the state. Unexpended amounts remaining in the fund at the end of a fiscal year shall not lapse into the State General Fund, and any interest earned or investment earnings on amounts in the fund shall be deposited into such fund.

(ii) Monies deposited into the fund shall be disbursed, in the discretion of the Department of Finance and Administration, to assist the City of Winona, Mississippi, in paying the costs associated with the construction and placement of a historic clock tower. Copy of bill.
 Looks like the Bacon King is trying to help someone bring home the bacon, as in $250,000 bacon.

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

Winona will be so much more attractive with this Clock Tower. Being at the epicenter of two U.S. 4-lane highways with no economic or industrial growth for decades, this IS the answer.

Anonymous said...

Year of the Pig

Anonymous said...

How can you have "construction and placement" of a "historic" clock tower? A historic clock tower would not require construction and placement. It would already be there.

Anonymous said...

They'll probably put the "historic clock tower" in the 100 foot cross right off of I55 and Hwy 82.

Anonymous said...

But, on Nov. 12, 1955, at precisely 10:04 p.m. on a Saturday night, lightning struck the clock tower in Duck Hill, Miss. providing enough power (1.21 gigawatts, in case you forgot) to send Marty McMartFace and the lifted F250 back to the future to 1985.

This is important history that must be preserved.

And, even more important, Marty was later transported to 2015 when there were flying hoverATVs in Duck Hill.

The future is at stake! Good God!

Anonymous said...

10:26, I'm sure there is some loophole somewhere that says if it is constructed of .00001% certified "historic" materials it can be considered historic and qualify for all sorts of taxpayer dollars.

Kingfish said...

It will be next to Kenny's house.

Anonymous said...

KF - you left out anything in the bill - if there is anything - about where the money comes from to establish this fund.

Technically, from what you have given us here, this is not pork. Establishing a fund is one thing - it's putting public money in the fund that creates the bacon.

If the money all comes from local dollars subject to local votes it isn't pork. BUT, if there is some diversion of state dollars into this fund, then we can hear the sizzle and smell the apple smoke.

Anonymous said...

They want $250,000 in bond money for this thing.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, this is what most voters want their elected officials to do. Look at all of the celebrating that takes place after every bond bill.

Anonymous said...

Shocked that there's only 1 Back to the Future Comment.

Anonymous said...

She's pulled this stunt before by sponsoring legislation to issue bonds for the purchase of Cotesworth, the home of J.Z. George in Carroll County. The then-owner of the home was paid $1 million financed by bonds, and the bill authorizing the money specified an additional $3 million could be issued for repair and upkeep. It was Senate Bill 2333 from 2012 found here...http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2012/html/SB/2300-2399/SB2333IN.htm

Anonymous said...

"historic" Kenny's house, KF

Anonymous said...

Other towns pay for their own clock towers. See Ridgeland.

Doc Brown said...

Save the Clock Tower!

Flyers will be distributed by the Winona Historical Preservation Society on Saturday at 10 AM at the intersection of US 82 and US 51. Y'all slow down.

Sherman Peabody has pledged a donation of 50% of his sales of boiled peanuts to the project, and Mrs. Elsa Raven is donating two quilts to be raffled, so y'all support them, too.

See you there!

Anonymous said...

Is Senator Polk kin Th the Polks Pork Sausage family?

Thirty Best Places To Eat In Winona said...

Currently Winona has three Mexican restaurants, a Subway, one part-time BBQ joint and a KFC. And they're concerned about a damned clock tower? The only thing cool about Winona is its proximity to the strip club in Vaiden.

Anonymous said...

12:14 - Take a bow. Yours makes two.

Hickory Dickory Dock said...

Will there also be a fund set aside for the sole purpose to educate today's utes on how to tell time by looking at an actual clock?

Kingfish said...

You left out the McDonald’s

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the Waffle House!

Craig Clairborne, Food Editor, Duck Hill MS said...

Y'all ain't from around there. There is ALSO a Huddle House (which closed), AND a Sonic AND a Taco Bell at the truck stop AND a Little Ceasar's at the gas station. That's four fine eating establishments that you missed. Must have blinked. Mee Maw still serves the best chicken after church on Sunday, but you ain't invited.

Sonic is mah favorite. But, it hasn't been the same since Miss Loorene got out of control on her roller skates and went out into 82. Log truck. Not purty. RIP Miss Loorene.

Kingfish said...

You left out the gas station five miles down on the right that has really good popcorn.

Anonymous said...

These so called conservatives are always ranting about cutting spending (apparently as long as it does not relate to a bullshit pet project in their districts).

Anonymous said...

12:42, yeah you are so right! Ridgeland could afford their own clock tower after the state incentivized an entire shopping mall. If there has ever been a conservative majority community that enjoyed state pork, its Madison and Rankin counties.

Anonymous said...

This is the kind of BS that should automatically send a do nothing politician packing. Let the city pay for this kind of crap. Better yet, let the idiot who came up with the idea pay for it.

Mississippi Politicians sure love to spend money while patting themselves on the back about fiscal responsibility and cutting taxes.

Anonymous said...

@4:55 - It’s hazard pay for having to deal with Jackson’s bullshit. You’re welcome.

Anonymous said...

Good pernt axin' how do you recognize and fund a historic site by building it.

Let's break into focus groups at either the gas station of McDonalds and discuss this here thang. Since this is the literal gateway to the Delta and to MSU, we may want to set up some Confederate flag sales in the lower level of the clock tower.

And don't make fun of my idear just on account it's better'n yours.

StarRider said...

Well if it's "historic" then MDAH will step in and the cost will got up ten-fold.

Unknown said...

Y'all just stop it now. I'm "bout to bust my gut laffin !!

Buenos Cuckoo said...

With all them Mexican eateries in Winoner, you can go head-on and plan on a cost over-run for makin' that thang cuckoo in Spanish and English, simultaneous-like, concurrent and at the same time too.

Spots A Dumb Ass - said...

"Ridgeland could afford their own clock tower after the state incentivized an entire shopping mall."

Can you back that up 4:55? What the hell incentives were gotten that provided for the clock at the intersection of Wheatley and County Line?

And while you're at it, please tell us what pork Madison has gotten?

Anonymous said...

4:55 - Two days ago you made a claim about Ridgeland's clock being paid for out of state pork and Madison receiving state pork. You have declined the challenge to back up those claims. That pretty much means you're guilty of fabrication, if not lying.

Kingfish said...

Ren. got state sales tax rebate through MDA program. Ridgeland had to issue a resolution supporting the application but it is the state that gives the rebate, not Ridgeland.

Anonymous said...

But his comment was not about Ren (as you call it). His comment suggested that a state rebate paid for the clocktower near Northpark Mall. Perhaps I misunderstood his claim, but that's what I understood him to say.

Or if he (and you by extension) are suggestion the deal at Ren allowed the city to pry up money for other items, perhaps the Ren deal also paid for police cars and the new fire-truck.

What's the guy's bitch anyway?

Anonymous said...

This has been a discussion in Winona for years. The old Montgomery County was in downtown Winona and there was a clock tower. The courthouse was torn down and moved to west side of 51. No clock tower was ever built. The old clock was gone. Now they want to put it up again.

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