JACKSON, Miss. (AP)
Legislative Black Caucus leaders say Mississippi has been fair in its treatment of all landowners black and white while acquiring land for a Nissan manufacturing plant.
``Our evaluation of the land acquisition process tells us that the Mississippi Development Authority has been upfront, open and honest in how it has conducted this activity,'' Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, said Monday.
The Nissan plant, slated to open in 2003, is in Horhn's district, the Jackson suburb of Madison County. Horhn held a news conference at the Capitol on Monday with three other Black Caucus members, including the chairman, Rep. Rufus Straughter, D-Belzoni.
Their defense of the state came days after the Rev. Jesse Jackson said Mississippi has offered black landowners one-third the price it offered a white landowner in acquiring land for the $930 million Nissan plant. The facility is expected to employ 4,000 people.