PSC’s Presley: Only 30 percent of state utility spending went to Mississippi firms

The origin of Public Service Commission’s new “Hire Mississippi” rule is simple.

“I drive all over the state, and I was driving by construction sites and kept seeing out-of-state car tags,” Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley said.

It frustrated him because he knew these sites were funded by taxpayers. He decided to research the numbers, and his office found that last year $810 million was spent by utilities on contractors for operations and maintenance. Only 30 percent of that went to Mississippi businesses.