The disappointing truth is this: Despite the fact that Governor Bryant has made a point to individually count jobs (one by one) in his State of the State addresses, he won't be found near this one.
And 1,400 families in North Mississippi won't be comforted by those counts either. Governor Bryant has chosen to use the working people of this state to make cheap political points -- He now must own his failure.
The chest thumping doesn't stop with the governor (though the buck certainly does). Joe Nosef has framed the Mississippi economy as the MSGOP's signature "accomplishment." In his August 28th Clarion-Ledger web interview, Nosef wrote:
Unlike the nation here in Mississippi the economy is strong. Mississippi's economy totaled more than $100 billion for the first time. Since taking office, Phil has announced the creation of 7,298 new jobs and more than $1.1 billion in private sector investment to date. Have announced 4,659 of those jobs in 2013. 2012: 2,674 new jobs (plus 400 retained jobs), $455,560,000 in company investment. White taxes and regulations are going up in Washington, the Governor has taken both of those in opposite direction. Obviously though there is much more to do and progress to make. I think he thinks about that all the time and I talked to him this morning about some projects he is excited about.
And a recent graphic was created and pushed by the MSGOP touting the state's economic rankings.
Seems like the workers are getting the short end of that "business" thing.
We expect the Mississippi Republican Party to update their numbers to honestly reflect reality soon.
Hold your breath.