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Barbour to call for special session

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Governor Haley Barbour says he will call a special session late next week.

He made that announcement Wednesday in Jackson at a Mississippi Economic Council gathering. 

Governor Barbour said the session will focus on a $300 million economic development project that will bring 500 jobs to the delta.

 There are not many details on what company will be built in the delta, but Gov. Barbour called it a "sophisticated manufacturing facility."

Next week legislators will discuss incentives for the plant that will bring what the governor calls very high paying jobs in large numbers. 

Senator Joey Fillingane said one of those incentives might be holding companies accountable for what they promise.

We've learned from past experiences with other plants that promise to come here and do so many jobs and didn't live up to their promises," said Fillingane. "I'm sure there will be some provisions in the language so that if the company doesn't fulfill their obligations to the state the state can reclaim the property, the tax incentives and those things that we're offering."

Gov. Barbour said he sealed the deal during his recent trip to Asia. He said the session should begin on the 29th or 30th and should last one to two days.

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