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Battle over airport board control still in litigation

The battle over control of the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport continues in court, but it could now be costing taxpayers money. Source: WLBT The battle over control of the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport continues in court, but it could now be costing taxpayers money. Source: WLBT
A recent report says the state has spent $400,000 of taxpayers money defending their new law. Source: WLBT A recent report says the state has spent $400,000 of taxpayers money defending their new law. Source: WLBT
Signed by Governor Phil Bryant back in 2016, it would allow the state to replace the board, with members from the city of Jackson, Madison and Rankin counties. Source: WLBT Signed by Governor Phil Bryant back in 2016, it would allow the state to replace the board, with members from the city of Jackson, Madison and Rankin counties. Source: WLBT
Parties involved say they are expecting a ruling to be handed down by a federal judge, on discovery and motions in the case, any day now. Source: WLBT Parties involved say they are expecting a ruling to be handed down by a federal judge, on discovery and motions in the case, any day now. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The battle over control of the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport continues in court, but it could now be costing taxpayers money.

A recent report says the state has spent $400,000 of taxpayers money defending their new law.

Signed by Governor Phil Bryant back in 2016, it would allow the state to replace the board, with members from the city of Jackson, Madison and Rankin counties.

Some state lawmakers contend the amount spent. 

Currently, the board is selected by Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and then confirmed by city council members.

City leaders say they believe the airport is functioning well under the current board set up and question the what's behind the change.

"Only people winning here are the lawyers," said Ward 4 Jackson Councilman De'Keither Stamps. "The state's not winning, the city's not winning. I just wish that a political solution could arise that we could work together to provide better government for the citizens of Mississippi."

"I don't want it [airport] to be sustainable," said bill author, Senator Josh Harkins. "I want it to thrive and I want it to be the best it can possibly be. I felt it's not just the makeup, but it's also the qualifications."

Senator Harkins says he wants airport board members to have more experience in economic development.

The airport issue is currently still in litigation.

Parties involved say they are expecting a ruling to be handed down by a federal judge, on discovery and motions in the case, any day now.

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