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09/26/03

Barbour And Musgrove Speak At MAR Political Forum

Barbour says the state can do better.

"No tax increases, real tort reform, education, especially workforce development and job training, protecting our military bases," said Republican gubernatorial candidate Haley Barbour.

Musgrove says the state is headed in the right direction.

"We cut the fat out of state government. We balanced the budget, we set priorities and we refused to raise taxes," said Democratic candidate Governor Ronnie Musgrove.

Hundreds of realtors gathered to hear how gubernatorial candidates Haley Barbour and Ronnie Musgrove plan to guide Mississippi into the future.

Republican candidate Haley Barbour says he'd like to see improvements in unemployment, industry protection, health care, and tort reform.

"There is a health care crisis caused by lawsuit abuse, but a lot of people don't realize how lawsuit abuse hurts business. A lot of people think tort reform is something General Motors wants or something Northrop Grumman wants. Its small businesses like yours that's being devastated by lawsuit abuse," said Barbour.

Governor Ronnie Musgrove focused more on the accomplishments he says his administration has made to keep the state moving forward.

"We've helped create jobs by the expansions of Northrop Grumman here on the coast, Howard Industries, where Billy Howard says over 10,000 people will be working in the next ten years building computers. And when no other automobile manufacturer was locating anywhere else in America, we opened the Nissan plant this year," said Musgrove.

The governor highlighted the state's new accountability programs within the schools, and if elected, he promises college tuition will be tax deductible next year.

Though the candidates may not see eye to eye on many issues, they both have plans to move Mississippi forward.

The Mississippi Association of Realtors say Friday's forum was not an endorsement of either candidate.

It was just an opportunity for realtors to help them make smart voting decisions in November.

By Karla Redditte

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