As this issue of the Mississippi Business Journal went to press last week, the stage was set for a showdown in Jackson.
Legislators are back in town for the special session called by Gov. Haley Barbour. Many observers expect a lengthy and contentious proceeding since recent attempts at compromise on key issues have failed.
The fact that we find ourselves in this situation speaks volumes about the unwillingness of the Legislature to make difficult but absolutely necessary decisions about which agencies and programs to fund and those which must be cut.
That said, from our perspective there are four priorities we urge legislators to consider:
• Take care of public schools and workforce training.
• Pass Momentum Mississippi.
• Don’t raid MDOT.
• No new — or higher — taxes.
Money is tight. Lobbyists are loud. But the time has come to clean up this state budget mess.