JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Federal officials aren't accepting Mississippi's refusal to negotiate over recruiting low-income people for Hurricane Katrina recovery work at the Port of Gulfport.
The Mississippi Development Authority has declined talks, but the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is urging the state to reconsider, saying that otherwise the federal government could impose a solution.
HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity found that Mississippi did too little to recruit low-income people for Hurricane Katrina recovery work at the port, and failed at times to track employment of low-income people.
MDA says it's compliant now and notes another arm of HUD has found that it's meeting federal rules. It continues to refuse talks with the equal opportunity office.
Critics of the port project say state government is "blatantly flouting" HUD.
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