MSGOP Weekly Update (April 24, 2015)
Governor Bryant Signs Measure to Provide Tax Relief to Employers Who Hire Veterans
Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill authored by House Speaker Philip Gunn to provide tax relief to employers who hire unemployed veterans. House Bill 33, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2016, provides tax credits to employers who hire honorably discharged military veterans who have served on active duty on or after 9/11 and who have been unemployed for at least six months. Click here for more.
Senators Cochran and Wicker Vote to Approve Anti-Trafficking Bill
U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker voted in favor of landmark legislation to combat human trafficking in the United States. The bill, “Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act,” S. 178, would broaden protections for victims and hold traffickers and purchasers equally accountable for their crimes. The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 99-0. Click here for more.
Treasurer Lynn Fitch Returning Unclaimed Funds
State Treasurer Lynn Fitch is seeking to return more than $31 million in unclaimed utility deposits, bank accounts, stocks and bonds, and inheritances to rightful owners. Click here for more.
Former Governor Barbour Talks Two-Party System at Jackson State University
Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour spoke at Jackson State University as part of the Mike Espy Scholars-in-Residence Series on the topic of the two-party political system. Among other points discussed, Gov. Barbour contended that the Democratic Party has taken the African-American vote for granted and urged African-American students to consider the Republican Party as an option. Click here for more.
MSGOP Executive Director: Mississippi Democrats Peddling False Narrative on Republicans and Education Policy
MSGOP Executive Director Spencer Ritchie wrote a column about Democratic leaders in Mississippi pushing a false narrative about Republicans and education policy as part of their election-year strategy. Click here for more.