Jim Hood on Budget & Economy
State economy is not moving; we've got to drain the swamp
Hobnob, the annual business and political get-together in Jackson, saw the most fiery speech come from a candidate for Mississippi governor. Democrat Jim Hood, the current attorney general, said despite the rosy picture the state's Republican leadership
paints, Mississippi's economy, its number of jobs and employment rate, and its salaries, lag behind neighboring states and the rest of the nation. "Our economy is not moving," he said.
The candidate told the crowd of about
1,000 business leaders: "The problem is, nobody's got the guts to step out and lead," Hood said. "The fact is, we've got to drain the swamp in our Legislature."
Both Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Gov. Phil Bryant cited indicators of
an improved economy and outlook in Mississippi, including the lowest unemployment rates in state history, creation of thousands of new jobs and the highest high school graduation rates in state history.
Source: Mississippi Clarion Ledger on 2019 Mississippi governor race
, Nov 1, 2018
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