Mississippi Future Caucus Co-Chairs
HB 1550: Addressing Mississippi's "Brain Drain"
CAPITOL - On Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed legislation to address the exodus of recent college graduates from the state of Mississippi, a problem that has come to be known as Mississippi's "brain drain."
On Tuesday, March 7th, Representatives Jeramey Anderson (D) and Toby Barker (R) announced the creation of the Mississippi Future Caucus, a bipartisan group of state legislators under age 40. In doing so, they join the Millennial Action Project’s national movement of young elected officials breaking through partisan gridlock to reestablish political cooperation and create meaningful progress through government institutions.
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The House unanimously approved a measure Wednesday that backers say could help stem brain drain — the phenomenon of young professionals leaving the state, taking their talents and skills with them.
The Mississippi House of Representatives wants young people to stay in Mississippi. It unanimously passed a measure Wednesday to offer tax breaks to recent college graduates who stay in Mississippi and work in the state, immediately after graduation from a four-year college or university.
Forty percent of graduates from Mississippi's public universities have left the state five years after graduation, according to a recent report commissioned by the state College Board. On Wednesday, the House passed a bill 118-0 seeking to slow that brain drain from the state. The bill would exempt recent college graduates from state income taxes if they stay in the state for three years after graduation from a four-year college or university.
House Bill 1550, referred to as 'brain drain' legislation, would give tax credits to recent college grads of accredited, four-year universities, either in or out of the state of Mississippi.
They’re 35 and under and are among the state’s new generation of political leaders and operatives. The Clarion Ledger identified rising young politicians and millennials in Mississippi.
Mississippi State Representative Jeramey D. Anderson (D-110) received an award for the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) from the United Nations.
According to a governing.com analysis of the recently reported state-by-state Census data, no other state in the country lost more Millennials. “We have yet to give young people a reason to stay and invest in Mississippi,” says Jeramey Anderson.
Rep. Anderson is a rising star in the legislature and one whom I encourage all citizens, Republican and Democrat, to follow and learn lessons from on becoming a proactive leader in their communities.
Anderson is a Democrat, and Barker is a Republican. Some may say the audacity of the two and others in the Legislature who have joined the Mississippi Future Caucus to think they can change government for the better. I say more power to them.
Jeramey Anderson, D-Moss Point, and Toby Barker, R-Hattiesburg, started the coalition of lawmakers under the age of 40 with the help of the Millennial Action Project, a national organization that is trying to end partisanship and gridlock in legislatures across the country.