Thursday, January 14, 2010
Report from the MS Senate
Mississippi Legislature begins new session
The Mississippi Legislature had a short but productive week last week. On opening day of the 2010 session the Senate approved House Bill 338 that will facilitate construction of a $300-million pipe-making facility in Tunica County that will employ 500 workers over the next five years.
The average wage will be above $30,000 and the company is expected to draw spinoff businesses such as trucking, material suppliers, mechanic shops and food establishments among others.
The Senate’s unanimous vote in conjunction with the House approved a $35 million incentive package that will help the Germany-based Wilh Schulz GMBH, open its first facility in North America. They will make cold-formed clad metal pipes that are used in the oil industry and others. Tunica County will benefit greatly from the facility, as will counties all across north Mississippi.
The Senate also approved legislation that lowered the amount of money that employers pay into the Workforce Enhancement Training Fund, which funds job skills training at the state’s community and junior colleges.
The fund operates with money from companies that pay unemployment compensation.
There have been 321 bills filed by senators this first week of the session.
The deadline for requesting general legislation is January 13 and the last day to introduce those bills is January 18.
Senator Stone can be reached at the Capitol while in session at (601) 359-3770, by cell phone at (662) 224-4126 or by e-mail at: email@example.com. The Senate mailing address is P.O. Box 1018, Jackson, MS 39215.
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