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MBJ Editorial

Mississippi business and political leadership converged at a meeting in Jackson last week, and early indications are that the gathering, a Partnership for Economic Development meeting, will be good news for the state’s economy.

Republicans and Democrats, state officials and the congressional delegation, public and private — all were at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. We are encouraged by the diversity of interests represented at the meeting.

In fact, as Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss) pointed out, no economic development meeting so diverse had ever taken place before. “We’ve got the state leadership and congressional leadership that is going to be able to work together to achieve these goals.”

Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, who has been under fire for his recent support of legislation to create a state labor department, a move opposed by businesses across the state, was asked if he could work with a congressional delegation dominated by Republicans. Musgrove says he can. We’re confident that Musgrove will do what he thinks is right for Mississippi.

Mississippi’s economy has enjoyed unparalleled success this past decade. What we do to sustain and accelerate this momentum is critical.

The Partnership for Economic Development is a good idea, a solid starting point, and we hope that with active participation from the business community and cooperation from government officials, Mississippi will continue to prosper and be a great place to live, raise a family and run a business.

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