Haley Barbour Goes One-on-One with Newscenter 11

By: Stan Torgerson
By: Stan Torgerson

An enthusiastic and large crowd welcomed the Governor-elect and his wife Marsha to Meridian for a pre-inauguration party.

While there, Barbour commented on his upcoming working relationship with state legislature.

"I'm really pleased with the response that I received from the legislature, from the legislature, the Democrat state officials. There's a real understanding, I think, and an energy and enthusiasm for the idea that if we work together we can solve problems, that we don't have to be last, that this is a time when we really have an opportunity to make a real positive change," said Barbour.

The majority of Barbour's appointments thus far have gone to people with experience in their respective fields. He said there is a reason.

"My thinking is that my job's to find the best people. I've enjoyed some success in my life and one the main reasons is I've always been surrounded by good people and that's what I'm trying to do here. Three of the people in my executive cabinet, or whatever you want to call it, are hold overs from the Musgrove administration because i thought they were the best people to do the job," explained Barbour.

On February 6, Barbour will meet with Gov. Riley of Alabama in Livingston and discuss the proposal for the two states to work together on economic development in east Mississippi and west Alabama. He expects a positive result out of that meeting.

"To advance the bi-state economic initiative, we've still got a long way to go and the idea is a screaming good idea," said Barbour, "This is something that I think if we can make it work right it has the potential to go forward in projects maybe with Tennessee or Arkansas or Louisiana."

Barbour says his main job will be problem solving and seizing our opportunities.


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