Gulfport port plan shows the pitfalls of central planning
When hurricane Katrina hit the coast nine years ago, the federal government gave Mississippi six billion in aid. Then governor Haley Barbour decided to use $600 million of that money to expand the port of Gulfport. So far, little has come of the money or expansion.
It would be foolish for a poor state like Mississippi to turn down any government aid, especially after a natural disaster, but a $600 million rebate on our federal taxes would have been a much better way to help.