JACKSON, Miss.—The Business and Industrial Political Education Committee met in downtown Jackson Thursday to hear from state leaders.
BIPEC, as it’s known, is a non-profit organization individuals and companies whose aim is to protect and advance free enterprise with research, education and member action.
Governor Phil Bryant spoke to News Mississippi about what was on the speaking agenda before he gave one of the keynote addresses during their luncheon.
“Well of course economic development. BIPEC is such a strong force for job development in the state of Mississippi,” he said.
BIPEC also researches voting records of candidates for the Mississippi legislature and the Supreme Court among others. Bryant touched on that Thursday also.
“It [BIPEC] will also help us as we look at those who are running for office that are supportive,” stated Gov. Bryant in the context of helping businesses.
The challenges that Mississippi faces moving forward weren’t lost in the conversation either.
“People are not expanding, they’re not growing their businesses and that has a very detrimental effect on the economy in Mississippi,” he said. “From a national level, still you’re looking at a federal government who hasn’t had a federal budget in four years.”
And the latest numbers from January do show a rise in the unemployment rate in the state that all but