This week, Mississippi received great news. Governor Haley Barbour announced an economic development package that could create 1,800 new jobs for our state - many of those in North Mississippi.
Calisolar, a solar energy company, plans to open a facility in Columbus. This site will manufacture silicon to be used in automotive, energy, electronics and consumer industries. HCL CleanTech will establish its company headquarters in Olive Branch with a large scale commercial plant in the works for Booneville. HCL CleanTech's technology converts biomass to sugars that can be utilized as industrial bioproducts.
Mississippi continues to embrace job creators by offering incentives that create an attractive economic environment. This fall, the House of Representatives will continue to focus on our jobs crisis. On Monday, Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced the fall and winter legislative plan. The schedule concentrates on key votes that will:
1. Remove government regulations that are breaking the backs of our businesses
2. Offer tax relief in order to help our employers create jobs
Since the beginning of the year, House Republicans have passed more than a dozen pro-growth measures. However, Senator Harry Reid has failed to bring the majority of these up for a vote in the U.S. Senate.
I've enjoyed being back in Mississippi during the month of August. I've heard from our families, state and local officials, communities, civic clubs and business owners. One message that I heard loud and clear is that we must remove the burdensome regulations coming out of Washington and we must continue to cut spending. I look forward to returning to Washington and implementing policies that spur job creation and economic growth. It's time to put America back to work.
Stay in touch and God bless,