June 23, 2005

ISSUE: Momentum Mississippi


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Dear Friend,

On Tuesday the Legislature arrives back in Jackson to consider Momentum Mississippi. This plan was developed by more than 1,000 business, education, community, and political leaders around the state to create jobs and help Mississippians stay competitive in the global economy. We need this legislation now – and we need your help to make it happen. Put simply, the way we attract jobs to Mississippi today is stuck in the last century. If Mississippians are to enjoy the higher-paying jobs of the 21st century, we need the things Momentum makes possible – more research and development, more high technology, and more distribution and services. We need these things now.

As you know, during the recent Special Session, the House leadership attempted to load down Momentum Mississippi with nearly three-dozen bond projects. Most of these projects had never been reviewed by anyone for accountability or even feasibility. We can’t let political pork projects be the price paid for responsible statewide economic development.

So please – call and urge your legislators to pass Momentum Mississippi by itself on June 28th. Mississippi’s future is on the line. Thank you for your hard work, and thank you for everything you do for the state of Mississippi.


Haley Barbour



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