By Bobby Harrison
Daily Journal Jackson Bureau
JACKSON — The state’s political leaders stuck to their familiar themes Thursday at the annual Mississippi Economic Council’s Hobnob event.
The overriding theme from the politicians speaking before about 1,200 business leaders from across the state is that thanks to their Republican leadership, Mississippi is on the right path to grow economically.
House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said because of the policies being enacted by a Republican governor and Legislature he “does not see our state continuing on the bottom. We will be moving up.”
In 2011, Republicans won control of both the Governor’s Mansion and the Legislature for the first time since the 1900s. Gunn, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Gov. Phil Bryant all said that the Republican governance has resulted in pro-business legislation that, they said, is making a difference for the state.
“Through landmark legislation in 2012 and 2013, we’ve undergone business, health care, tax and energy reform that will give companies choosing Mississippi a strong competitive edge in the marketplace,” Bryant said.
Attorney General Jim Hood, the state’s only statewide Democratic elected official and thus only Democrat to speak at Hobnob, called for more bipartisanship.
“We are electing people who get elected by being nasty to the other side,” Hood said. “…Hopefully, we can get past this business of fussing and fighting.”
Due to rain, the event was moved from the grounds of the Mississippi Agriculture Museum to the Mississippi Coliseum.