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Haley Barbour on Government Reform

Former Republican MS Governor (until 2012)


Tort reform led to 41,000 new jobs

In 2004, our Legislature passed the most comprehensive tort reform law in the country, and it has worked. Doctors are coming to the state, and our health care infrastructure is growing again. Small businesses are creating more jobs because of savings that resulted from tort reform.

I can tell you, Toyota would not have located in Mississippi if we hadnít passed tort reform. Four years ago Mississippi had lost more than 38,000 jobs under the Musgrove Administration. Our state had lost 22% of its manufacturing jobs during those four years--the worst in the nation.

Because of tort reform, revamped job training, reformed economic development programs and closer cooperation between state and local leaders, in this administration there has been a net increase of more than 41,000 jobs. Today more people are working in Mississippi than at any other time in our stateís history.

Source: Speech at the Neshoba County Fair , Jul 26, 2007

Remove barriers; enhance individual opportunity

Excessive and unnecessary government barriers to economic progress and higher living standards must be eliminated or reduced. We need public policies that enhance individual freedom and opportunity and enable individuals to provide adequately for themselves and their families. To that end, we must also provide an environment congenial to entrepreneurship, innovation, business creation, and growth.
Source: Agenda for America, by Gov. Haley Barbour, p. 3 , Apr 25, 1996

Other governors on Government Reform: Haley Barbour on other issues:
MS Gubernatorial:
Phil Bryant
MS Senatorial:
Roger Wicker
Thad Cochran

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