Compromise from ’05 still yields jobs

In late June 2005, then-Republican Gov. Haley Barbour called his third special session of the year – this one to pass an economic development bond package.

The package had died during the 2005 regular session because House Democrats objected that the governor would not consider any of their proposals in the package.

When legislators met in special session, the outlook for reaching agreement was bleak. But a proposal offered by Northeast Mississippi House members to create the Mississippi Jobs Protection Act was accepted by Barbour, breaking the logjam and bringing an end to the special session.

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal