Advocacy

 

MEC Priority Issues for 2013

Economic Development

  • Mississippi Competitiveness Agenda
    • Makes a financial commitment to economic development by funding ongoing MDA programs for attracting new businesses and supporting existing businesses. (Funding requests granted)
  • Mississippi Success Jobs Act
    • Allows businesses creating jobs to receive existing jobs tax credits or receive funding for training rather than the tax credit.

Education

  • Appointed superintendents
    • Require all superintendents in Mississippi be appointed by January 2016.
  • Charter Schools
    • MEC supports Charter Schools and favors the Blueprint Mississippi position for their implementation. (Charter School Bill Passed)
  • Mississippi Building Blocks
    • Appropriation to begin institutionalizing the Mississippi Building Blocks early childhood education program. (Appropriation of $3 Million Approved)
  • Quality Teachers
    • Performance Based Compensation for Teachers to provide additional pay over and above current educational and longevity benchmarks. (Pilot Program Approved and Funded)
    • Increases standards for entry into college of education, creates scholarships (Scholarships Funded for Students with higher grade point average and ACT Scores)
    • Provides funding for Teach for America to increase the number of highly trained teachers. (Level Funding Provided)

Health Care

  • Rural Doctor Recruitment Incentive
    • Increases scholarship to $35,000 annually per student and increases number of eligible students recipients to 65.
  • Expands areas where rural physicians can practice and be eligible for income tax credit.
  • Remove barriers in licensing process.

Taxes

  • Eliminating Prepaid Taxes Burden
    • Removes the Delayed Accelerated Tax (where businesses are required to estimate and prepay their July tax in June).