Wednesday Morning Tip Sheet

on Apr 18, 2012

Gov. Phil Bryant will mark his 100th day in office today by traveling to Natchez to make an economic development announcement with officials in Adams county at 11:30 a.m. Since entering office, economic development, and making Mississippi the most business friendly state in the nation, has been a cornerstone of the Bryant administration.

Yesterday, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice spoke at Mississippi College. The Associated Press covered her appearance here.

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m., while the House will gavel in at 2 p.m.

View the Mississippi Republican Party e-Newsletter for April 17 here.

Here are three stories that are driving the day in Mississippi:

1. WLOX: Gov. Bryant announces $13.6M in BP-funded restoration work

As we approach the two year anniversary of the BP oil spill, Governor Phil Bryant on Tuesday announced two BP-funded projects to help restore the gulf. Those projects involve restoring damaged oyster reefs offshore and near shore fishing reefs.

Those projects are part of the ongoing Natural Resource Damage Assessment process. That’s the legal process which will determine to what extent the oil spill damaged natural resources here in Mississippi.

Governor Bryant said the post-oil spill restoration work will continue as long as it takes. He said while he understands BP might be wanting to “declare victory” in the oil spill clean-up and restoration, they should slow down.

“I want to make sure that decades from now, we can say that at the time that it was our responsibility to make sure this gulf was clean and safe, that we did our job,” said Gov. Bryant, as he addressed a group of community leaders at the afternoon news conference.

See also: Gov. Bryant unveils projects to restore Coast following 2010 oil spill

2. MRP: Republicans Post Strong Fundraising Quarter In Mississippi

Members of the Mississippi Congressional delegation filed two campaign finance reports during this quarter that just ended. This includes a pre-primary disclosure before the March 13 primary (which ran through February 22) and the traditional quarterly report which ended on March 31.

During the full January 1- March 31 period, Sen. Roger Wicker raised over $170,000 and he currently has more than $2 million on hand. View the report here.

During the February 23- March 31 period, Rep. Alan Nunnelee raised nearly $130,000 and is reporting more than $250,000 in the bank. View the report here.

During the same period, Rep. Gregg Harper raised over $110,000, and he currently has more than $215,000 cash on hand. View the report here.

Rep. Steven Palazzo raised more than $105,000 and currently has just under $280,000 in the bank. View the report here.

3. Associated Press: New law could aid in sale of tax-forfeited land

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says a new Mississippi law could help officials sell more land that has been surrendered because taxes weren’t paid.

The law says that as the secretary of state determines the selling price for tax-forfeited land, he may take into account the cost of cleaning the property and removing debris or dilapidated buildings.