Last year, the Mississippi Forestry Commission laid off approximately 32 employees; cost savings the Republican leadership said. Coincidentally, the Commission purchased approximately 32 new trucks at the same time. Looking out for our best interest, Republican leadership?

Here is one of those trucks that may have been purchased off the backs of laid off employees. It was parked at the Ole Miss Baseball stadium last weekend. Your tax dollars at work! Hotty Toddy!     

Today, it was announced that the Mississippi Forestry Commission will lay off 75 more workers with 50 of those being firefighters. Their last day will be June 30.
 
The Republican leadership has eliminated almost 10,000 state jobs and that's before the job cuts that will happen this year, including the 650 at the Department of Mental Health. That doesn’t even count the 27,600 jobs lost in our economy since December 2007. If job cuts shrank state government or closed the gaping hole of red ink that is the BUDGET MESS THIS REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP has gotten us into, it may a necessary plan. That is not the case.
 
You would think that with hundreds of millions of dollars cut to essential services like law enforcement, domestic violence programs, or hunter education and training, we would be short of funds. But no. That’s because it is all a Republican leadership shell game to fool the public.
 
You see, our taxes have not been cut. They just use your tax dollars to fund the tax breaks and giveaways to their corporate buddies and, in turn, have to cut essential services of state government. Then, when we need those services, they say tax yourselves at the local level. They are doing this now by asking counties and cities to put another 11 cents per gallon local tax on gas to make up for the road and bridge program they did not fund.
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Call your Republican legislator. Or, even better, call your county or city Republican leader (they’re up for re-election June 6) and ask them why they are not working with their party leadership to get our local essential services back.
 
Mississippi Republican Leadership. Skewed policies. Hurting families. Driving the Ship of State into the rocks.