By Jennifer Jacob Brown
Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has been making his rounds through Mississippi. He visited the Meridian Star last week to talk in an editorial board interview about a new law designed to help Meridian and other Mississippi towns become entertainment hubs, a system that he thinks could make the courts go faster, and his plans to continue pushing his agenda on Voter ID:
The Meridian Star: Tell us about the Entertainment District Act and what it could mean for Meridian.
Delbert Hosemann: I'm real hopeful that that's going to be very positive for (Meridian). I drafted the entertainment bill here... It was shepherded through the house, it came out of the senate, and the governor signed it, so it is now law in the state of Mississippi. And we are the only state in the country to have the ability to designate an entertainment district that would allow more buildings to be depreciated over five years instead of forty years (to allow for a tax break). And they would require that people that use the theater, for example, would pay a $2 fee per ticket (to reimburse the state for that tax break).
Meridian was directly targeted when I drafted this... When that bill came out, it was specifically designated with Meridian in mind, for both a downtown venue to supplement the Riley, or, if you went to Bonita Lakes and did a standalone facility. It would apply not only to a closed venue, but also an open-air venue. It applies to anything that sells a ticket. One of the real treasures you have is the Riley Center, and any other theater or open-air venue would complement that so well that we thought it would really be a strong asset for Meridian.
By Jennifer Jacob Brown
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