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March 10, 2010

STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR BARBOUR ON SB 2404

"Today, House Democrats killed legislation to reauthorize the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, the agency which not only provides critical workforce services to thousands of Mississippians but also pays unemployment benefits to some of our neediest citizens. By refusing to bring up Senate Bill 2404 for a vote, House leaders have jeopardized the continued payments of unemployment benefits and put Mississippi at risk of being noncompliant with a multitude of federal guidelines, which will necessarily result in higher taxes. Some people may be in favor of raising taxes on businesses some $400 million if MDES is not reauthorized, but I’m not one of them. Clearly, in these economic times, the last thing Mississippi should do is increase taxes on the very people who create jobs: our employers."