Governor Haley Barbour
The First 100 Days: Fulfilling Promises, Facing Problems
While the first 100 days is a mythical political benchmark, some use it as a measuring stick of the progress of a new administration. Governor Haley Barbour has spent his first 100 days in office fulfilling the promises he made as a candidate and facing the problems that have plagued Mississippi for decades.
Since January 14, Governor Barbour has …
· Completed four major economic development announcements that helped create more than 4,000 direct and indirect new jobs – Textron (Greenville), Faurecia (Cleveland), FedEx Ground (Olive Branch) and the Braves AA Franchise (Pearl).
· Proposed a $5 million increase in the Mississippi Development Authority budget above the Legislative Budget Recommendation to assist in industrial recruitment efforts.
· Launched a new in-state tourism effort to encourage more Mississippians to spend their travel and leisure dollars in Mississippi.
· Proposed a comprehensive tort reform initiative that passed the Senate and is under consideration in the House.
· Proposed the largest state government cost-saving initiative in Mississippi history – “Operation: Streamline.” The Senate has passed all of “Operation: Streamline” while the House has adopted parts of it.
· Helped stop all tax hike proposals in the Legislature.
· Proposed more than $250 million in savings in the agencies that report to the Governor -- $350 million in all.
· Proposed adding $44 million to the K-12 education budget from increased revenue projections.
· Held the line with legislators for stable funding for education by appropriating only “real money” before the fiscal year begins so schools can avoid mid-year cuts.
· Passed a teacher recruitment bill that will help our state address Mississippi’s teacher shortage.
· Announced an intention to call a special session of the Legislature if tort reform is not passed by the House during the regular session.
· Conducted a wholesale review of Mississippi’s correctional system to identify cost-saving measures that will not affect safety, including an initial $34 million savings recommendation.
· Coordinating Mississippi’s law enforcement efforts by putting the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics officially under the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
· Added $1.2 million to Mississippi’s drug enforcement efforts above the Legislative Budget Recommendation.
· Appointed graduates of Mississippi’s four comprehensive universities (MSU, UM, USM, JSU) to the Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees.
Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: 601.359.3150 Fax: 601.359.3741