Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Senate passes BP bill

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement.


JACKSON – Legislation to direct BP settlement dollars to a new Gulf Coast restoration fund heads to the House of Representatives for consideration, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said today.

Senate Bill 2634, by Sen. Brice Wiggins, R- Pascagoula, creates the Gulf Coast New Restoration Reserve Fund, which would hold the funds separate from general tax dollars. The bill was co-authored by Sens. Tommy Gollott, R-Biloxi; Sean Tindell, R-Gulfport; Mike Seymour, R-Vancleave; Philip Moran, R-Kiln; and Michael Watson, R-Pascagoula.

The Senate voted unanimously in favor of the legislation.

“The Mississippians most affected by the Deepwater Horizon disaster were the fishermen, hotel owners, restaurant owners and residents of the Gulf Coast,” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said. “In today’s polarized times, many politicians are criticized for focusing only on what is in their own best interest. Today, the Mississippi Senate voted to do what is right. Our state senators recognize a healthy Gulf Coast economy benefits the entire state.”


Anonymous said...

I call "BULL SHIT" on what Tate said about politicians doing the right thing---PIGS CAN FLY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

that money belongs to the entire state....bp settled with individual counties.

this is a payoff....

Anonymous said...

Tate has blown it on this one. Although as he said on the coast, this is his 'beginning position' going into the fight.

These dollars don't belong to the coast - they weren't for damage from tar balls, or non-existent tar balls. These dollars were for the loss of sales tax dollars that would have gone to the state treasury and used for all kinds of purposes, throughout the state. Medicaid, Public Safety, highways, mental health, edumacation, whatever your preference.

The fact that the coast delegation wants to claim that these dollars should go there is nothing but a greedy grab. The basis of the lawsuit that led to this settlement was that 'but for' the Deep Water screwup, the state would have collected this amount of dollars in sales taxes.

And, by the way, cities do get 18.5% of sales taxes collected in their city limits. And each and every city on the coast has already received that sum in separate settlements with BP. Cities receiving everywhere between $4 mil to $200k. OH yes, almost forgot. Even school districts along the coast have gotten their own settlements to offset what they WOULD HAVE GOTTEN but for the spill.

The coast is receiving the NERDA money, the NWIF money, etc. etc. All of the funds that resulted in damage, or possible damage, is going to the coast. They are generally based on the miles of shoreline and divided up among the five coastal states. Phil has directed that they will be spent in the coastal counties.

But to claim that these tax dollars should go to the coast is just complete bull shit. Everybody else should rise up in arms and decry this theft.

Bill Dees said...

As a Katrina refugee from Gulfport, (I just barely squeezed into Madison County before the "refugee ban" ;) I believe that Tater is correct this one time - the Senate did the right thing.

Anonymous said...

It may 'hold them separate' but I'll bet you my ten thousand bucks against your five bucks they can change that almost at the movement of a pen.

Anonymous said...

Bill Dees - again thanks for chiming in with your intelligent position. But, as is usual, you are wrong again.

But it is refreshing to find that you can at least once agree with Tate. Guess that should be proof enough that Tater is wrong on this one.

Anonymous said...

HA HA 1:28 that was very funny---Tater is not correct, you need to go back to Gulfport unless you work for the State or you are a Lobbyist.
WHO IS BILL DEES ????????????????

Anonymous said...

Be real people. 9 million pounds of oil was cleaned from Louisiana, and that was just from the locations they could access. This is the worst man made disaster(-Nuclear) that effected the environment in history. I don't understand where the rest of the state was affected by and damaged by this disaster and needs the money. Katrina destroyed the coast and then an oil spill made it to where no one wanted to move here. I am a conservative, and I live on the coast, I see first hand what the oil spill did. The oil that landed in marsh in MS areas killed the plant life which contributes to erosion which contributes to changes in ecosystem which kills off estuaries which affects oyster and crawfish population. It is a domino effect, what we are talking about. 20% of the Gulf was determined to be a no fish area because of the toxic chemicals they used. Read about dispersants, Read about Corexit. Read about 2-BE. Read about silverfish population. It is bad. REALLY REALLY BAD. Look at before and after pictures of the barrier islands. Do you see plant life? no.. then erosion will wisk that away.

Check the sources below.






Anonymous said...

3:19 PM

Boo hoo hoo....my poor water...my poor environment.

I saw oil....who gives a damn...oil is natural...it will be reabsorbed...all this fake science....oil spills help the environment people....get on board with the trump train! drain the swamp...and lets get those coal mines working and steel mills flowing....its time to make America oily, steely, and coaly again!

Anonymous said...

@4:27 that was a really shitty attempt at satire.

Anonymous said...


Maybe you think it's pretty shitty satire....because deep down you know it's mostly what's been promised.

And that is more disturbing than anything else....

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