Lawmakers Wait and See

By: Jon Kalahar Email
By: Jon Kalahar Email

Many instances during his inaugural address, Gov. Haley Barbour was encouraged by what he believes will be four more years of lower taxes, safer streets, and increases in economic development and job creation. Lawmakers are taking a wait and see approach.

"He's got to get more specific because the devil's going to be in the details," said Rep. Steve Holland. "There's no doubt about it."

But that doesn't mean Holland and others won't be willing to listen and even work with Barbour, especially in areas like health care and education.

"We all have needs for the state of Mississippi and when you talk about education that's what's best for everybody. That's not targeting the high growth areas, the low growth areas everybody needs a good solid education."

Sen. Kelvin Butler represents an area Gov. Barbour targeted Tuesday.

"The governor specifically named southwest Mississippi and the Delta as areas that have got to improve in things like education and health care," said Butler. "Well, two lawmakers I talked to say it's time the governor put his money where his mouth is."

Sen. David Jordan of Greenwood says it's time the Delta got the attention it deserves.

"We have been poor a long time and we have been left out a long time and need the governor's help in terms of dollars," said Jordan. "We need industry there."

"We're going to be calling on the governor to be helping up out down there in southwest Mississippi to make sure we get the things that we need to be the best that we can be," Butler said.

Everyone can agree they want the best for Mississippi. It's just a matter of finding enough money to go around.

Gov. Barbour is expected to go into more detail about his plans for Mississippi at his yearly State of the State address Monday.


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