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Jan. 13, 2011
STATEMENT OF FORMER GOV. HALEY BARBOUR ON CLEMENCY
I am very comfortable with the decisions I made during my term as Governor as to clemency.  All this is consistent with the powers given the Governor by our Constitution, and I am fully confident the pardons and other clemency are all valid. Regrettably, many people believed from most accounts or misstatements that I released more than two hundred prisoners from prison.  That is not true. The fact is:  215 people received some form of clemency.  Of these 189 were not in prison; most had been out of prison for years, often many years.

Jan. 11, 2012
STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF FORMER GOV. HALEY BARBOUR
Some people have misunderstood the clemency process and think that all or most of the individuals who received clemency from former Gov. Haley Barbour were in jail at the time of their release. Approximately 90 percent of these individuals were no longer in custody, and a majority of them had been out for years.

Jan. 4, 2012
GOV. BARBOUR GIVES FINAL ADDRESS TO MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE
Gov. Haley Barbour today gave his final address to a joint session of the Mississippi Legislature urging members to work together to move Mississippi forward. The text of his remarks as prepared follows:

Dec. 29, 2011
GOV. BARBOUR APPOINTS DOLEAC TO CHANCERY COURT
Gov. Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of attorney M. Ronald Doleac of Hattiesburg as Chancellor of the 10th Chancery Court District, Place 4. Doleac replaces Chancellor Gene Fair, whom Gov. Barbour recently appointed to the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

Dec. 20, 2011
MISSISSIPPI MUST REPAY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN MEDICAID LEGAL SETTLEMENT
Gov. Haley Barbour today said the state will have to repay the federal government $17 million from a recent legal settlement with pharmaceutical companies. Gov. Barbour had warned legislators against counting on the settlement as a windfall for the state budget.

Dec. 20, 2011
GOV. BARBOUR PRESENTS FY 2013 EXECUTIVE BUDGET RECOMMENDATION
Budget calls for 2.9 percent cut in spending, reflects sluggish economic conditions Gov. Haley Barbour urged the next administration and legislators to curb spending and streamline state services in the current slow economy in his Fiscal Year 2013 Executive Budget Recommendation. The fiscal year begins July 1.

Dec. 16, 2011
STATEMENT OF GOV. HALEY BARBOUR ON RACE TO THE TOP GRANT
"Of the nine states that got a Race to the Top award, only one has a Republican governor. I wish it had been us."

Dec. 14, 2011
PERS STUDY COMMISSION RELEASES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR STRENGTHENING PENSION FUND
The Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) Study Commission released its report today recommending several investment, management and policy changes to protect the long-term solvency of the state’s public pension fund.  The report also includes a legal analysis of benefit modifications.

Dec. 14, 2011
GOV. BARBOUR APPOINTS FAIR AS STATE APPELLATE COURT JUSTICE
Gov. Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of Chancellor Gene Fair of Hattiesburg as a justice on the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Fair replaces Justice William Myers, who will retire from the bench on Dec. 31.

Dec. 8, 2011
GOV. BARBOUR URGES CHURCHES, FAMILIES TO BE INVOLVED IN SCHOOLS
Community support can help reduce dropout rate, illegitimacy Gov. Haley Barbour today called on churches and families to be more involved in schools to help decrease the dropout rate and reduce illegitimacy.  He also said public schools and universities will need to become more effective at getting graduates ready for either a job or higher education.

Dec. 7, 2011
GOV. BARBOUR SPEAKS ON 'VALUES THAT MADE AMERICA GREAT'
Gov. Haley Barbour today called for a return to foundational American values and a strong work ethic to tackle Mississippi’s social issues, including illegitimacy and dropouts. The state has made steady progress bringing up salaries luring high-skilled jobs, however more can be done, he told an audience of Tupelo business leaders and community members.  

Dec. 6, 2011
GOV. BARBOUR ISSUES LETTER CAUTIONING LEGISLATURE NOT TO RELY ON SETTLEMENT FUNDS
Gov. Haley Barbour today sent a letter to legislative leadership warning the Joint Legislative Budget Committee against relying on a $20 million pharmaceutical legal settlement to shore up the state budget in Fiscal Year 2013.

Dec. 6, 2011
GOV. BARBOUR TO GIVE SERIES OF SPEECHES AROUND STATE STARTING TOMORROW
Gov. Haley Barbour will give a series of three speeches this week and next week marking the end of his term and noting ways to Keep Mississippi Moving. The events are open to the public.

Dec. 6, 2011
GOV. BARBOUR PRAISES CORRECTIONS COMMISSIONER EPPS FOR RECENT NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Gov. Haley Barbour today congratulated Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps for his recent award from the Association of State Correctional Administrators. Epps was named as Outstanding Director of Corrections for 2011.

Dec. 6, 2011
GOV. BARBOUR ORDERS LOWERING OF FLAGS ON NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY
Gov. Haley Barbour today ordered State flags lowered to half-staff Wednesday in honor of the more than 2,400 Americans killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.  The date is recognized each year as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day."

Nov. 30, 2011
GOV. WALLER TO LIE IN STATE SATURDAY, FLAGS TO FLY AT HALF STAFF IN HIS HONOR
All U.S. and State flags at state-owned buildings will be flown at half staff in remembrance of former Gov. William Waller Sr., starting today.  Flags will be flown at half staff through Dec. 3.  Former Gov. Waller will lie in state from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the New Capitol in downtown Jackson. 

Nov. 30, 2011
STATEMENT OF GOV. BARBOUR ON PASSING OF GOV. WALLER
"Mississippians have lost a great leader who launched an era of change that continues to this day. Bill Waller began a transition from which our citizens have benefited, and his "Straight Ahead" style helped our state move forward.

Nov. 29, 2011
STORM-DAMAGED COUNTIES ELIGIBLE FOR SBA DISASTER LOANS, GOV. BARBOUR ANNOUNCES
Gov. Haley Barbour announced today a disaster declaration by the U.S. Small Business Administration for Jones County and six contiguous counties of Covington, Forrest, Jasper, Perry, Smith and Wayne, which were affected by the severe storms and tornadoes on Nov. 16.

Nov. 17, 2011
NEW STATE CAR TAG UNVEILED ON FIRST MISSISSIPPI-MADE TOYOTA COROLLA
Mississippi's musical heritage is highlighted on the state's new car tag design, which was revealed today by Gov. Haley Barbour and Toyota president and CEO Akio Toyoda. The men attached the new license plate, featuring B.B. King's renowned guitar "Lucille," to the first official Mississippi-made Toyota Corolla shortly after it rolled off the assembly line at an event marking the start of production at Toyota's plant in Blue Springs.

Nov. 17, 2011
GOV. BARBOUR DECLARES TODAY TOYOTA ARBOR DAY
Gov. Haley Barbour declared today as Toyota Arbor Day to celebrate the opening of the car manufacturer's Blue Springs plant and its commitment to the environment and Mississippi. To celebrate Toyota Arbor Day, public school districts, private schools and religious schools will be given tree seedlings in January to distribute to their students for the planting season.

Nov. 17, 2011
GOV. BARBOUR CELEBRATES AS FIRST MISSISSIPPI-MADE TOYOTA COROLLA ROLLS OFF LINE
Gov. Haley Barbour, Toyota Motor Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Akio Toyoda and other Toyota, state and local officials gathered today at the Blue Springs plant to celebrate the start of production of the Corolla. Approximately 1,500 workers are currently employed at the plant, which is known as Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi (TMMMS).  Once production is fully underway, Toyota's Blue Springs facility will employ 2,000 people, with another 2,000 employed in supplier facilities in the state.