By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – T&L Specialty Co. makes industrial chemicals and employs more than 20 full- and part-time workers.
But it could employ more people and sell more products if government didn’t get in the way, said company officials.
No wonder, then, that Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant was a welcomed guest at the company on Thursday. Bryant, the Republican nominee for governor, was on a three-day “jobs tour” of the area. At Tamp&L, he received the endorsement of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association.
Bryant, who faces Democratic nominee and Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree in the Nov. 8 general election, has a 10-point job program he says will keep Mississippi competitive and keep jobs flowing. Among the highlights:
* Keeping corporate taxes low;
* Creating a 12-person commission to review current regulations to “ensure fairness and make them more job-friendly;”
* Strengthening tort reform laws by adding “loser pays” law;
* Rewarding community colleges with more money for every student trainee who is employed in Mississippi.
“Phil has a proven track record of doing what he says he will do, like cutting taxes, supporting the recruitment of new business and industry and making sure we have a fair legal climate without frivolous lawsuits that harm job creators,” said John Bass, MMA’s director of government affairs. “If Mississippi is to grow and prosper … we must have someone with the right experience and right ideas about how to bring more jobs and opportunities to the people of our state.”
Bryant toured T&L with company president and CEO Cecil Overton, who along with son Tim said they liked what they heard from Bryant.
“We were talking a lot about some of the problems manufacturers have as far as trying to create new jobs,” he said. “And we talked about the struggles of being a small company.”
The Overtons said government puts up too many barriers, including many regulations that stifle growth.
Bryant said that as governor, “I’ll never forget and will always work for the men and women who make things, the men and women who make this economy go.”