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Port blames Washington for contractors not receiving payment

Some private contractors doing work at the Port of Gulfport haven't been paid in 90 days, but the port authority board says the blame lies in Washington. (Photo Source: WLOX) Some private contractors doing work at the Port of Gulfport haven't been paid in 90 days, but the port authority board says the blame lies in Washington. (Photo Source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Some private contractors doing work at the Port of Gulfport haven't been paid in 90 days, but the port authority board says the blame lies in Washington.

The issue was discussed briefly at Thursday's monthly board meeting of port commissioners. Executive Director Jonathan Daniels, says the port and the Mississippi Development Authority are working to resolve the issue and get the contractors paid for the work they've done.

The money owed to the contractors is from HUD and is part of the $570 million funding for the port expansion project.

"We're supposed to hire local people and local contractors," said Port Commissioner Jim Simpson. "And when you stretch them out and don't pay them for 90 days, it puts an enormous burden on them and that stresses the work, that could slow the work, it could hurt jobs, it could hurt everything. We get it."

The money owed to the contractors totals about $5 million worth of work.

Port director Daniels said he's happy to meet with the contractors to let them know what's being done to make sure they get paid.

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