Lawmakers mull incentives bill

State lawmakers today will consider a bill that could lead to the creation of nearly 5,000 jobs in Mississippi.

Gov. Haley Barbour has asked the Legislature to approve $175 million in incentives for California-based Calisolar and start-up HCL CleanTech to open facilities in Mississippi – projects expected to create direct jobs for 1,800 people.

“They are keeping in the direction we would like to go – replacing low-paying, low-skilled jobs with high-paying, high-skilled jobs,” Barbour said of the companies.

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