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Barbour makes the call: It’s a biofuel company

Gov. Haley Barbour has issued the call for Friday’s special session, so let’s get right to it:

Among other things, Barbour will ask lawmakers to issue $45 million in general obligation bonds to a company that will produce renewable crude oil using biomass harvested here in Mississippi.

Biomass is a natural material used to produce energy. It can range from wood chips to grass to animal waste.

Barbour does not name the company or any of its locations — he said last week it would have multiple facilities — in the call, so we’ll just have to wait until Friday to learn those particulars.

To go with the $45 million that will defray some of the construction costs and equipment purchases, lawmakers will be asked to issue an additional $4 million in GOBs that will pay for workforce training related to the project, a program that will be administered by the Mississippi Development Authority. The actual training will be done by Mississippi’s colleges and universities and community colleges.

We’re still not done. Barbour also wants an additional $1 million in GOBs to fund research on biomass usage in the production of renewable crude oil at the Sustainable Energy Research Center at Mississippi State.

All told, that represents a $50 million investment by the state in the $500 million project that is expected to create 1,000 jobs.

Also included in the call is an authorization that will allow the City of D’Iberville to acquire property for development, and an authorization allowing DeSoto County to build a new jail.

It all gets started Friday at 10 a.m.

  1. Brndn
    August 24th, 2010 at 18:09 | #1

    What about $45 million for education??

  2. Franklin
    August 25th, 2010 at 20:28 | #2

    education?? that is an endless pit, California spends more on education than any other state,but they have the lowest scores……California now has the most expensive school, in the country.Do you think that is going to make a kid who has no interest in science,study hard?? or how about the kid who has no interest in math??
    I work for a man who has a 9th grade education and his company is worth $300 million.. Education should be for those who have an interest in what is being taught.Not mandated some people don’t want that $9.00 an hour office job working with computers,they would rather build the office and make $20 or $30 an hour..when all is said and done, the person building the office is healthier…and wealthier ..
    I hope they don’t build this plant in Greenville, legal citizens will never get a job.Just like when they built the new bridge….

  3. August 29th, 2010 at 09:41 | #3

    Hello Franklin,
    We are new to the Jackson area and my husband is looking for work in construction. You mentioned a ‘bridge’? In what town was the bridge constructed? Is it true illegals are taking our jobs, I really hope not…

    Thank you

  4. Chris
    September 1st, 2010 at 13:28 | #4

    Wonder if they can convert the beef plant?

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