Mississippi Democratic Party Fact
JACKSON (Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007) Here is a look
at documentation and facts that support the Mississippi Democratic Partys
television ad criticizing Republican Gov. Haley Barbour for failing
to play it straight on key issues.
Barbour vetoed two bills in the 2006 Legislature that would have either
eliminated or reduced the state tax of 7 cents-on-the-dollar charged
on the purchase of groceries. The bills also would have increased the
state tax on cigarettes. The bills were Senate
Bill 2310 and Senate
Bill 3084. Click the bill numbers to download the veto messages.
KATRINA HOMEOWNERS ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM
One of Barbours top Hurricane Katrina relief programs is the Katrina
Homeowners Assistance Grant Program, administered by the Mississippi
According to MDA statistics from Jan. 10, 2007, found at the agencys
Web site (www.mississippi.org),
9,102 grants have been paid even though 17,539 people have applied for
help. The number of grants paid is up from Oct. 11, 2006, when 1,300
checks had been written to Coast residents.
But a large number of residents continue to live in trailers while waiting
for help nearly 1½ years since Katrina struck. The MDA obviously
has taken a long time to process grant applications. Also of note: Barbour
appoints the executive director of the MDA.
Barbours proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July
1 would give the Mississippi Adequate Education Program $65 million
in new money. The MAEP is the basic funding mechanism for our public
The $65 million, however, is significantly less than the $158 million
education leaders originally told elected officials they needed. Barbour
said at that time he opposed fully funding MAEP next year; he also has
opposed fully funding MAEP in the past.
When education leaders reduced the amount of money they needed to $124.6
million, Barbour changed his stand. Now, he says he expects the Legislature
to fully fund MAEP. Click here
for a Mississippi Democratic Party news release from Nov. 14, 2006,
criticizing Barbours stand against fully funding the MAEP.
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