Phil Bryant says special session important for Hub City

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - State lawmakers are now being told they'll consider 3 projects, not 2 at Friday's special session. The new one is the restructuring of tax rebates for job creation at Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding on the Gulf Coast.

Officials say the rebates would cost the state $15 million over 10 years and help the company add 3,000 jobs. The other 2 projects we learned about Wednesday involve issuing $175 million in state bonds to help 2 high-tech companies locate in Mississippi.  Those companies are HCL Clean Tech, and CaliSolar.

Lt. Governor Phil Bryant says the special session is critical for job development in Mississippi and in particular, for Hattiesburg. It's one of the cities mentioned as a site for one of the plants that will be built in the state.

"Part of that will include a company here in Hattiesburg, one in Grenada, and 2 others across the State of Mississippi. We're going to spend probably $175 million worth of bond money for $2 billion worth of ultimate investment, 1,800 jobs across the State of Mississippi," said Bryant. "I'll be presiding over the Senate tomorrow (Friday). We hope to get that done in one day. It's about jobs and the future," Bryant said.

Bryant faces Hattiesburg mayor Johnny Dupree in the governor's race.

Thursday, he attended a scholarship banquet for William Carey University.

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