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Old 08-31-2022, 05:23 AM
 
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Fist, I understand there have been freezing temperatures and catastrophic floods that have compounded the water issue.



In addition the Mayor of the State Capitol states that staffing shortages and equipment failures due to lack of maintenance for decades now means it will take billions of dollars to fix.


Billions of dollars ..... to restore water in a state capitol. Basic, clean drinking water, a basic human right, is now off the table in the capitol unless someone comes up with BILLIONS of dollars.


Think about that for a minute.


No water because state government failed to maintain infrastructure for decades.


Think about that for a minute.


What have government priorities been "for decades" if water was not on the list?


I am having a hard time coming up with any kind of logical explination around this one.
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Old 08-31-2022, 08:58 AM
 
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Fist, I understand there have been freezing temperatures and catastrophic floods that have compounded the water issue.



In addition the Mayor of the State Capitol states that staffing shortages and equipment failures due to lack of maintenance for decades now means it will take billions of dollars to fix.


Billions of dollars ..... to restore water in a state capitol. Basic, clean drinking water, a basic human right, is now off the table in the capitol unless someone comes up with BILLIONS of dollars.


Think about that for a minute.


No water because state government failed to maintain infrastructure for decades.


Think about that for a minute.


What have government priorities been "for decades" if water was not on the list?


I am having a hard time coming up with any kind of logical explination around this one.
The city government has “failed to maintain infrastructure for decades”.
That’s because only a small minority of Jacksonians vote, and they vote for the worst candidates at the municipal level. And because Jackson has a “strong mayor” model, an incompetent or malevolent mayor can cause a lot of harm.
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Old 08-31-2022, 01:03 PM
 
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This is such a sad, shocking and truly deplorable situation.

Who has been in charge in Jackson, over the past few decades? This explains a heckuva lot with Jackson and Mississippi appearing on the bottom 3 lists for a lot of categories like economics, education, high poverty, and well paying jobs.

If a city cannot get the basics right like delivering water to its citizens, it can't get anything else right either.

This situation needs to be investigated, because I smell some wasteful corrupt spending going on, that is decades-old.
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Old 08-31-2022, 01:11 PM
 
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I think there’s been a game of chicken going on between Jackson and the state government. Despite being Mississippi’s capital and largest city, Jackson has been politically marginalized for years due to being a Democratic bastion in an overwhelmingly Republican state.
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Old 08-31-2022, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Alabama
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Water utility is a municipal issue.

The city government has been inept and corrupt for a long time and has an activist mayor who pledged to turn Jackson into the most radical city on the planet.

For once, a campaign promise fulfilled!

Even the suburbs have been forced to subsidize Jackson's water utility for years.
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Old 08-31-2022, 03:17 PM
 
Location: The South
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Elections have consequences, or something like that.
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Old 08-31-2022, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Jack-town, Sip by way of TN, AL and FL
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No water because state government failed to maintain infrastructure for decades.
Get your facts right. The state is not responsible for maintaining the infrastructure of the city of Jackson. It's the city of Jackson's responsibility. They own the utility.

The state is doing the city a big favor.

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Old 08-31-2022, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Jack-town, Sip by way of TN, AL and FL
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This is such a sad, shocking and truly deplorable situation.

Who has been in charge in Jackson, over the past few decades? This explains a heckuva lot with Jackson and Mississippi appearing on the bottom 3 lists for a lot of categories like economics, education, high poverty, and well paying jobs.

If a city cannot get the basics right like delivering water to its citizens, it can't get anything else right either.

This situation needs to be investigated, because I smell some wasteful corrupt spending going on, that is decades-old.
You're exactly right. Jackson brings the state down in basically every ranking.

But there again, the state NEEDS Jackson to be a viable metro area. Which it is, metro-speaking, plenty of fine places to live and work in the whole metro area of 600K plus. But it could be much, much better with just a DECENT Jackson to anchor it. Doesn't even have to be great, just on the level of Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery, Macon, scale wise. I know some of those cities are bigger and some are smaller, so spare me the comparisons. My point is there needs to be some investment and a viable downtown business and entertainment area.
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Old 09-01-2022, 07:14 AM
 
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Fist, I understand there have been freezing temperatures and catastrophic floods that have compounded the water issue.



In addition the Mayor of the State Capitol states that staffing shortages and equipment failures due to lack of maintenance for decades now means it will take billions of dollars to fix.


Billions of dollars ..... to restore water in a state capitol. Basic, clean drinking water, a basic human right, is now off the table in the capitol unless someone comes up with BILLIONS of dollars.


Think about that for a minute.


No water because state government failed to maintain infrastructure for decades.


Think about that for a minute.


What have government priorities been "for decades" if water was not on the list?


I am having a hard time coming up with any kind of logical explination around this one.

Just look at the mayor and his ideology. That will give you an idea of priorities.
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Old 09-01-2022, 07:13 PM
 
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Doesn't even have to be great, just on the level of Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery, Macon, scale wise.
How sad is it that those are seen as glamorous cities and seemingly out of reach compared to Jackson?
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