Mississippi special session to discuss "automobile corridor"

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April 25, 2013

Mississippi

By Axel Spaeh

JACKSON, Mississippi: Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has called the Mississipi state legislature back to the state capitol for a special legislative session on Friday, April 26. The Governor has released few details about the session beyond saying that it concerns a project to lure an auto-parts maker to Mississippi's "automobile corridor." Senate Finance Committee Chairman Joey Fillingane stated "It's not uncommon, in my experience, that we would have scant details about a project until legislation is drafted"[1].

The Governor and the Mississippi Development Authority have requested the legislature draft an incentives package for an international company that has expressed interest in building a tire-manufacturing plant near West Point, Mississippi. The Governor's proposed incentive package would include state and local tax breaks. Several legislators have expressed support for the idea, saying that the project would create hundreds of jobs in an area marked by chronically high unemployment.[1]

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