Good Jobs First calls Pickering’s statement on Nissan subsidies ‘false and misleading’

A Response to Stacey Pickering

We were surprised to read Stacey Pickering’s attack on our report about the $1.3 billion in subsidies made available to Nissan in connection with its assembly operations in Mississippi. The surprise was both at who wrote the article and what it said. Why is the Mississippi State Auditor responding to a report that criticized a private corporation and said nothing negative about his office?

Pickering takes pains to point out that his office has been auditing Nissan’s employment figures since the plant opened and that the company has met the minimum requirements mandated by its agreement with the state. This is the same position taken in the brief statement released by Nissan itself. We don’t quarrel with this claim.

Mississippi Business Journal
6/10/13