Thank you for visiting our website. Feel free to use this site as a tool to keep up-to-date with what is going on at the Madison County Business League & Foundation. It is here that you can find out about who we are and why we exist.
The mission of the Madison County Business League & Foundation is to bring together, under one organization, the voice of numerous entities in order to establish a clear and concise message for the future. This organization, which is comprised of elected, appointed, business and individual leaders of Madison County, will enable all partners in business and economic development to participate collectively in bringing together the overall vision for Madison County.
The Madison County League and Foundation invites you to our Madison County Young Professionals Spring Luncheon on Friday, April 28th. Read More
This week the Mississippi House of Representatives began the process of appropriating your tax dollars for the next year. Read More
The Mississippi House of Representatives adjourned this morning after spending the week voting on bills to meet yesterday's deadline. Read More
The Madison County Business League & Foundation congratulates the Mississippi State University Center for Advanced Vehicular Studies (CAVS) for winning the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC) 2016 Community Economic Development Award (CEDA) on February 2, 2017. Read More
You are invited to the League & Legislature Luncheon honoring the Mississippi Legislature, with special guests Governor Phil Bryant and Speaker Philip Gunn on Wednesday, February 22 at the Old Capitol Inn. Read More
The Madison County Business League & Foundation hosted a kick-off reception for the Madison County Young Professionals (MCYP) on January 30, 2017, at Seafood Revolution. Over 100 MCYPs attended. Mr. Jim Barksdale addressed the group. Music was provided by Jesse Primer, III. Read More
The Madison County Business League & Foundation congratulates its members who were recipients of 2017 Mississippi Business Journal’s CEO Awards on January 26, 2017, at Old Capitol Inn. Read More
The Madison County Youth Leadership Class met for Lifestyles Day on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Brad McMullan, CEO of bfac.com, was the keynote speaker for the breakfast hosted by Greg Centilli, Executive Director, of the Madison Healthplex Performance Center. Rochelle Culp and the MS Tobacco Free Coalition of Madison, Holmes and Yazoo Counties sponsored the breakfast. Read More
After convening January 3, the 2017 Session is now in full swing. Committees have until January 31 to act on the bills moving through the process. Most bills will not survive the first deadline, but the Mississippi House has already acted on significant legislation. As always, you can follow the legislation I have introduced through www.corywilson.ms or the Legislature's website.
I was very happy to be appointed by Speaker Gunn to fill a vacancy on the Education Committee. As with the other committees on which I serve, I will work hard to strengthen Madison County schools and education across our state. My first Education Committee meeting was eventful, as EdBuild made recommendations for modernizing the way we fund education. Many of the recommended changes merit serious consideration. Right now, the recommendations are just that: Legislators will consider EdBuild's suggestions as we look to revamp the school funding formula. Here's a link to the full EdBuild report and the presentation slides.
Other priorities include the Mississippi ABLE Act, campaign finance and election law reforms, and bills to increase government transparency and efficiency, and improve the legislative and budgeting process. The Mississippi ABLE Act, HB162, would provide a savings tool for Mississippians with disabilities and their families. The legislation helps individuals with disabilities establish tax-free savings accounts, which could be used for qualified expenses such as education, housing and transportation. MS ABLE has cleared an initial committee, and has a bipartisan group of cosponsors.
ICYMI, I discussed Session priorities with the Northside Sun. You can read the full article here. I also joined JT on SuperTalk the first day of the Session (starting at 6:30 in this audio), and was interviewed on WYAB's The Full Story. We covered MS ABLE, campaign finance reform, and two bills to reduce the size of the Legislature and meet only every other year.
SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION EXCELLENCE: Newly minted Milken Educator Allison Ruhl was recognized at Madison Station earlier this month as one of the country's top educators. Ms. Ruhl was honored during a celebration of Station's 25th anniversary and Madison County Schools' A-rating. She is one of only 35 teachers nationwide recognized by the Milken Family Foundation.
HOUSE PASSES CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORMS. On Jan. 11, the House passedHB479 by a vote of 102-13. I am proud to be a co-sponsor. Enactment of this legislation would prohibit personal use of campaign funds. And, once an official leaves office, any unused campaign contributions cannot go with him or her. HB479 outlines several ways to close out the campaign account. The vote to strengthen our campaign finance laws is the right thing to do, and is a great step to changing politics as usual. HB479 improves upon the bill we almost passed last year, and I am hopeful that we will finish the job and have real campaign finance reforms by the end of the Session.
As always, I welcome your input, and hope you have a chance to come to your State Capitol while the Legislature is in Session. I am working hard to serve you as your voice at the Capitol. Thank you for your interest, and it is an honor to represent you.
Hope your New Year is off to a great start, and will keep you posted as the Session continues.
Very respectfully,Cory Wilson