Thursday, December 21, 2023

The Fix Is In

 The Hinds County Board of Supervisors sure are in a hurry to cut a check to the Jackson State University.  Check out the public notice for the next Board meeting. 

The Board approved a $1 million grant to Jackson State University Monday.  The source of the grant is ARPA funds.  The wife of JSU President Marcus Thompson presented the grant proposal to the Board.  The only problem is she is an attorney for the Board. 

District 1 Supervisor Robert Graham said he would ask the new Board to rescind the grant when it assumes office in January.  

The special meeting appears to be called just to prevent Graham from doing just that as it will be hard for him to rescind the grant after the check is cut to JSU. Good grub if you can get it. 


Anonymous said...

How are their constituents not pissed? Just giving away tax dollars? Who does that? Nothing will become of that money... it will get pissed away and stolen.

Palm Grease or Quid Pro Quo said...

Is it 10% to "the big guy" or just 5%?

Anonymous said...

No one knows how long the IHL's new preacher/president will be around so they have got to strike while the iron is hot. They also have no way of knowing if the next board would agree to launder it's political payoffs through "JSU economic development department". Follow the money.

Anonymous said...

archie didn’t vote for that. hinds voters should have kept him. he’s a loose cannon but at least calls out the BS

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

ARPA funds are specific in how they are spent and used. What are the plans for the use of funds under ARPA? That is what I would like to know.

Anonymous said...

Conflict of interest? The sad thing is, the IHL board and ostensibly their new presidential appointee, no longer give a flying damn about appearances or public perception when it comes to a certain university. It's open season. This guy can run it into the ground if he wants, just do not interfere with IHL's real concerns. This was too much easy money to worry about an appearance of a mere "conflict of interest".

Anonymous said...

I didn’t realize Jackson was overloaded with cash! Glad to hear it. Maybe next they can get drinkable water, fix thousands of pot holes, hire more police to at least the minimum number needed, eliminate drag racing on the interstate highways, eliminate useless trips to far away places like Paris and Canada, etc.

Anonymous said...

$1 million would fix the waste management garbage problem in Byram. Instead the money is going to be stolen and pissed away by JSU. What a joke.

Anonymous said...

Jsu received 65 million from ARPA
Hinds County received 45 million
Don't add up

Anonymous said...

The victims in this are the taxpayers of Hinds County and the students of JSU who get nothing.

Anonymous said...

It's not helpful to criticize the approval of funds without listing how they are to be spent.

For all I know, JSU has legitimate uses for ARPA dollars that fall within the guidelines of the act passed by Congress. I would feel the same if it were MS College, Southern or MSU ( the darlings of the GOP today) who applied.

I don't see that the act deals with the job description of who does the asking on the behalf of the applicant, but it is expected that those who approve release of funds do their due diligence on how the funds are to be spent. There should be oversight involved. It is expected that the decision be based on legitimate need and NOT ON PARTISONSHIP or POLITICAL GAIN.

Frankly, Mississippi politicians of both parties thrive on spending federal dollars. They favor their supporters and get favors in return.

Worse, Republicans and Democrats howl about corruption and "communism" or "racism" only when they don't get to misspend the federal dollars.

Geez, after the misspent dollars in the scandal involving Tate's administration, this seems like hypocrisy that is beyond brazen! It's wasn't the "ask", it was the proposed use of the funds that was scandalous! Brett could asked all day...they should NEVER have RECEIVED.

Some of us remember when most Mississippi Republicans were black and most Democrats were white. Race sure as hell played a role then as it does now.

Then and now, making political decision on race not on policy and perpetuating the history of promoting tribal loyalties over ethics and reason, is self-destructive. But pretending that one political party is " superior" in any philosophical or moral way in any given moment is simply a matter of which one has become gained too much control and become corrupt.

And,the most insane is thinking that is at the bureaucratic level. As long as The Hatch Act is enforced, that's nonsense and this five minutes , for the first time in history, it only ONE party, the GOP, who wants to ignore that Act!

When politicians tried to maintain some degree of honor and sanity, at least at the higher levels, getting unbiased, expert information upon which to make good decisions mattered to both parties!

Now some of you seem to believe that going to your dentist for brain surgery would probably be a good idea if he was a member of your party, or refusing brain surgery from a brain surgeon who was of another race or religion in favor of a general surgeon of your race and religion would be wise.

Propagandist have made us lose our common sense!

Anonymous said...

Universities got a shit ton of Covid money already. So much, that they didn’t know how to spend it. All of them got it.

Anonymous said...

All Graham has to do is tie it up in court over a technicality. Only needs to tie it up three weeks.

Anonymous said...

Where is this posted?
Not posted on website.
The meeting Monday, 12/18/23 went from executive session to an discussion (not open meeting) with a supervisor quorum present. 12/18/23-video #2. After discussion on if special call meeting could be recessed, they went back into open session.
Went to set recess meeting-9:00 am Tuesday,12/18/23.
That was to discuss the JSU 1 million that had been tabled on Video #1 on 12/18/23.
So where was that recess agenda posted.

Was ms code 45-1-13 violated?

Tip O’Neill said...

@9:38, surely your kidding, it doesn’t matter how specific the language is, who’s going to hold them responsible? They could use for a trip Paris and the ARPA administration would never question it, probably ask how much fun they had.

Anonymous said...

A million is a nice, round number.

Anonymous said...

Are the BMW and Mercedes dealers going to be able to meet the demand?

Anonymous said...

10:27 So in short, everybody is stealing so why bother?

Whether it's Republican or Democrat, Black or White, Madison or Jackson, a lame duck board shuffling through a million dollar payout of county funds for "economic development" literally at the absolute last minute as if it's an emergency is worth at least some serious matter the history of Mississippi. Thanks anyway.

Anonymous said...

About Bam… when Steve O is telling you it’s time to sober up, you have a problem.

Anonymous said...

9:34: Right on!

What isn't pilfered at JSU will bounce back fresh and clean to the cretins on the BoS, just in time for Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Wonder which outgoing supervisor will end up working at JSU in a position related to the $1,000,000 gift.

Anonymous said...

No elderly white women in oversized tshirts out in the sticks involved so I guess Shad wont be looking into this.

Anonymous said...

Who's in charge of the checks and balances on this one?

Anonymous said...

The IHL is a criminal cabal. The Feds just need to track the dollars through all the various college "foundations" and see where they actually end up.

Non-profit College/University Foundations are in fact - washing machines - and the local press is the dryer - that promotes all the bullshit projects, programs, buildings, obscene salaries, etc. etc. that are "funded". Higher education in Mississippi is the biggest state/federal scam going.

If you're not allowed to publicly scrutinize something without fear of losing your job, you better believe it needs to be scrutinized.

Anonymous said...

10:27 = blah, blah, blah…
Save us some time, bro

Anonymous said...

@5:20 PM

Easier to identify the injured in the water when there is only one bleeder. I tend to think the people Shad goes for are the most brazen and don't diversify their graft to make sure they maximize their gains while minimizing their detectable activity

Anonymous said...


SAY WHAT? Those who think and write like that are somewhere around the 74th point mark on the spectrum.

Anonymous said...

"Geez, after the misspent dollars in the scandal involving Tate's administration, "

What scandal would that be? Also, you could have saved time, and bandwidth by saying Democrats are good and GOP is bad. We don't care if you're a dimwit Democrat.

Anonymous said...

Responsible reporting: there was no fix and no payment to JSU at the special meeting.

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