Childers plays politics with Mississippi jobs

Under pressure from around North Mississippi, Congressman Childers signed on to extend the 2001-2003 tax cuts for one year. Critics claim the decision will do nothing to calm businesses’ fears and create jobs.

North Mississippians spoke loud and clear this week in favor of extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, but Congressman Travis Childers is playing politics by only agreeing to a one-year extension.

“Congressman Childers had the opportunity to stand up for North Mississippi and permanently extend the tax cuts, but he chose not to. We have lost 22,000 jobs in North Mississippi since Congressman Childers took office, and he had the opportunity to help create jobs for our citizens, but he chose not to,” said Morgan Baldwin, spokesperson for Sen. Alan Nunnelee’s campaign for Congress. “Instead he chose to play politics with Mississippi jobs.”

Economists have agreed that extending the tax cuts for another year would do nothing to calm small businesses’ fears about the future, which is the main barrier keeping the economy from creating jobs right now.

“The decision to extend the tax cuts for 12 months will do nothing to get this economy moving again,” said Baldwin. “Businesses can’t gamble their futures on the political whims of Congressman Childers.”

Sen. Nunnelee favors making the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent for all workers and small businesses.