Over the past half dozen years, our state leaders — through the Mississippi Development Authority — have given hundreds of millions of taxpayer-funded incentives to companies to recruit out-of-state industries.
While we recognize the importance of making our state attractive to these companies, we also expect our leaders exhibit prudence and restraint. That means making deals that benefit industry and regular folks alike. “If we give you this, this is what we want you to do for our citizens.”
Thus far, we haven’t seen any of that sort of even-handed bargaining.
Two years ago, during a visit to Columbus, Gov. Phil Bryant said the only regret he had in bringing Yokohama to West Point was that he wasn’t able to give them more taxpayer money.
That pretty much sums up the state’s attitude. It’s insulting and reckless, to say the least.