Gulf Live – Roger Wicker calls for 3-year freeze on federal discretionary funding

PASCAGOULA, Miss. — Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Tupelo, said that federal spending has reached a “crisis point” and there needs to be a freeze on discretionary spending for at least three years.

In south Mississippi to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Wicker met with The Mississippi Press editorial board on Monday.

He also touched on the effect the oil spill has had on the Coast and the outlook for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in light of the company’s decision to sell or spin off its shipbuilding business and lay off hundreds of workers.

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WLOX – Traffic the focus of Senator Wicker’s tour of D’Iberville

D’IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) – Sen. Roger Wicker’s tour of D’Iberville Monday began with quick stops at the police and fire departments to visit the rank and file officers. It continued with a look around the still empty areas of the city’s waterfront, homes and businesses washed away by Katrina and not rebuilt.

But the focus quickly changed once the tour came upon the retail heart of the city, the shopping Mecca known as the Promenade and all the retailers along Sangani Blvd. Growth is good, but it also presents challenges.

Traffic sometimes comes to a crawl, especially on busy weekends. The city wants to spend $180,000 on traffic flow improvements, like another exit off I-10, a flyover bridge over the interstate, and widening several roads.

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Sun Herald – Wicker: Tax cuts must be permanent

GULFPORT — U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker believes the GOP will retake Congress in the November elections and hopes this will allow a “do-over” on federal stimulus spending and health care.

Touring the state during a five-week break from Washington, the junior Republican senator from Mississippi met with the Sun Herald on Monday and covered a wide range of topics, including:

Taxes. Wicker said failure to make permanent tax cuts from 2001 and 2003 would amount to “the largest tax increase in the history of the republic” and stall job creation and economic recovery. He said this would hit people and small businesses so hard that federal coffers probably wouldn’t see any extra revenue despite the tax increase.

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Sun Herald – Wicker sees development throughout D’Iberville

D’IBERVILLE — U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker shopped in D’Iberville over the weekend and returned Monday morning for an official economic development tour of the city.

Police Chief Wayne Payne drove and circled the city with Wicker, Mayor Rusty Quave, City Manager Michael Janus and the media.

“We’re trying to lure big names,” said Quave, who mentioned that shopping center developers are talking to Costco and JC Penney about locating in the city.

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