Barbour speaks at MPA convention

Gov. Haley Barbour urged Mississippi's future leaders to continue to focus on job creation, which he said would ultimately improve the state's standing in economic and other rankings.

Barbour spoke before a gubernatorial candidates forum at the Mississippi Press Association's annual convention this morning at the Beau Rivage Casino and Resort.

Barbour, who is in his last year in office, said those who take over should work to replace low-paying jobs with higher-paying jobs by recruiting new industry to the state and he talked about upgrades at the Port of Gulport, among other efforts that he said would bring better-paying jobs.

He said those jobs would improve the quality of life for Mississippians. The state often ranks low in national studies on wages, education and obesity, among others.

"We can be first," Barbour said. "... That growth will help us replace lower-paying jobs with higher-paying jobs."

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-- Michael Newsom/Sun Herald