Finger Pointing at Capitol

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gov. Haley Barbour's office says Northrop Grumman directors met Tuesday and decided not to budget money for shipyard expansions on the Mississippi Gulf Coast after all.

But questions remain about whether Northrop Grumman officials could later revise their budget to approve spending $80 million of the company's money, if Mississippi lawmakers approve $40 million in state incentives.

Northrop Grumman spokesman Brian Cullin said the company won't comment until a special legislative session ends and it's unclear when that will happen. The session goes into its eighth day Wednesday.

Barbour blames a small group of House members for stalling the economic development plan that includes the shipyard money, but House Speaker Billy McCoy said the governor didn't do enough earlier this year to pass another economic development bill that had the Northrop Grumman money.

The bond bill proposed by the governor also had incentive money for two companies in east Mississippi.

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