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Barbour transition off to a solid start

MBJ Editorial

During his campaign for governor, Haley Barbour said that Mississippi can do better.

He’s right, of course. From education to the economy, we can do better. We’re confident that Haley Barbour will use his considerable talent and skills to help lead the state to new levels of success and prosperity, and in the process, turn political rhetoric into reality.

The governor-elect is off to a solid start with the naming of his transition leadership last week.

At a press conference in Jackson November 11th, Barbour introduced the co-chairs of his transition team: George Schloegel, president and CEO of Gulfport-based Hancock Bank , and former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson, an attorney with the Phelps Dunbar law firm in Jackson.

These two outstanding Mississippians offer invaluable leadership skills and a wealth of business experience, which should help insure a quick start to the incoming Barbour administration.

“It is an honor to have two such outstanding business and community leaders co-chairing this effort,” Barbour said. “Both have already given extremely valuable service to Mississippi, and both represent the high quality, proven leadership I want to be the hallmark of my administration. This will be a very participatory, inclusive transition. It will focus on important issues and policy decisions as well as on recruiting strong leaders and managers to the administration. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to lead the effort than these two men.”

Expectations of the Barbour administration are high, and the new governor will face tremendous pressure as he wrangles with the tough situations our state must address in the coming months. Workforce training, public education, lost jobs and a ever-growing budget deficit, which threatens to overwhelm everything else, have no simple solutions. However, having a talented team in place to develop new ideas and implement sound policy is the right place to start.

We look forward to watching Haley Barbour assemble his administration and move Mississippi forward.

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