Blackmon Unveils Jobs Plan

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State Sen. Barbara Blackmon said Monday that, if she's elected Lt. Governor, she'll be in a better position to push her plan to create more jobs.

The democrat emphasized protecting the foundation of the state's economy.

"Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. We must make sure that mom and pop stores and budding entrepreneurs are not lost in the shuffle when it comes to economic development," said Blackmon at a Meridian news conference.

Blackmon said she wants to expand tax credits for existing small businesses, use bonds to jump-start economic development in small cities and establish an annual jobs summit. She said that would enable small businesses to provide tax revenues and help the state expand its "economic pot.''

Blackmon said her proposal to enter the state's Medicaid program in a prescription drug compact with other states would be one measure to help free up money to put the plan into action.

Blackmon faces former Supreme Court Justice Jim Roberts of Pontotoc and businessman Troy Brown of Greenwood in the Aug. 5 primary.

Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck is unopposed in the Republican primary and will face the Democratic nominee in the November 4 general election.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.