Business, political leaders cite infrastructure needs

“I think you are going to see the most business-friendly House of Representatives in the history of our state,” said Republican Gunn, whose chamber saw a marked increase in its GOP majority from the November elections. The House stands one shy of a three-fifths supermajority of Republicans, with one race still being contested.

Reeves renewed his vow to do away with the state’s corporate franchise tax, a major goal of MEC leaders as well. Reeves said Mississippi is the only state in the region to tax corporations’ capital, and it puts businesses at an unfair “competitive disadvantage” and hurts state economic development recruiting.