By: Knox Graham
KEMPER COUNTY, Miss.-- The Kemper County coal plant has been in the headlines for the last several months pitting the contractors against the unions and Sierra Club.
Tuesday saw the union swap sides after the Mississippi Power Co. agreed to hire around 1,000 union-workers upon completion.
Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley has been adamantly against the plant and he says this new fact doesn't change anything.
"That is kitchen table economics, Mississippians can't afford a 45 percent increase in their power bill."
Presley hasn't waivered in his belief that rates will continue to go up for thousand of Mississippians.
"I think rate increases will hurt job creation and hurt small business and hurt revenue," he added.
Ultimately he said it comes down to the consumer and what's best for the people of Mississippi.
"I'll tell you what it does is take money out of their pocket book."
Now it appears the Sierra Club and Presley are the main opposition to the plant, with Tuesday's announcement by the labor union that they are on board with Mississippi Power and the jobs that will be created.