JSU president holds ground on merger issue
Jackson State University President Ronald Mason Jr. says he will continue to spread his idea of consolidating the state's three historically black universities, despite public outcry and officials who say the merger will not happen.
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#1 Jan 30, 2010
I'm at a loss here. The 3 coastal counties produce 40% of the state's budget. We're between 10 and 15% of the population. We pay 3 times our fair share. Why are we not getting 3 times the say in this?
I didn't vote for Barbour and I don't like him but he's right -- there is too much graft. Too many dying husks of colleges and institutions that should have been phased out ten to 20 yrs. ago.
I've had my hours cut again. This state is in trouble. People are moving out. Moving to Georgia and Texas and Tennessee mainly because that's where all the work is. I'm thinking about getting a mortgage for a home in either the Houston or Dallas areas soon because all my friends have been moving there and it's a safer place to live.
Texas, Florida, Georgia, and other states either have no state income taxes or lower income taxes. This state has the highest car tax(es) in the region. A new tag can cost anywhere between 500 and 2 thousand dollars. In Texas it's a flat 200 dollar fee.
I support President Mason's proposal. White and black leaders in the Jackson area are going to have to get used to lower budgets. This state is a basketcase. That's the sad hard truth. Outside of the coast, Jackson, and the Memphis area there are maybe 4 or 5 at most decent areas to live. We have a 3rd world country tied to our backs.
You people up around Oxford and in the Delta and near Jackson need to wake up. Chevron and the casinos down here on the coast are slashing jobs and cutting back. You can't continue to rely on us and the Memphis area to bankroll your pork projects for rural parts of the state.
You're going to wake up soon and be in deep trouble if you don't learn to find tax sources closer to your neighborhood.
People who live near me are leaving in droves. In the past months alone 4 houses on my street have emptied out. In the past year, over 15 houses in the neighborhood have emptied and now sit with for sale or for rent signs
The coast, Jackson, and the Memphis areas are the best parts of this state and they're in trouble. My advice: consolidate the 3 schools or in a couple of years have them defunded.
If you want to keep them -- either fund them privately or consolidate. Same goes for the W in Columbus. They need to join up with Starkville and soon.
The spending isn't sustainable and Barbour's showing you guys some tough hard love. Because once he's gone it's only going to get harder and people will only continue to leave the coast and move elsewhere.
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