New Legislative Session Starts Tuesday

By: Mike McDaniel Email
By: Mike McDaniel Email

Just a day before the start of the 2013 legislative session, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is laying out his ambitions for the next three months.

"We are not immune from what's going on nationally," Reeves said.

Financially, Reeves says the state is already seeing some growth at just more than two percent.

While growth is good, he says looking back over the last twenty years, it's still the slowest. He said that will have lawmakers watching every penny when it comes to spending.

"You're going to see a continued effort to be very cautious in our budgeting techniques," the lieutenant governor said.

A big part of that, he says, will be trying to reduce the state's debt burden. Reeves says traditionally the legislature has issued long-term debt for projects that should have been paid for with annual appropriations.

Last year the legislature did not pass a bond bill which Reeves says could be the case again this year.

"I hope we can come to an agreement on a bond bill that is reasonable and is rational in size and that funds our long term capital needs," he said.

When it comes to legislation, as the leader of the Senate, Reeves says for any big pieces to pass across his desk it must first meet his expectations for a business-friendly Mississippi.

"Is this piece of legislation going to improve our economic climate such that it is encourages people in the private sector to invest capital in our state?" said Reeves.

On the education front, Reeves says he'll continue to push for a charter school bill and give parents the power to determine where they go. Reeves says he will also push for a bill to mandate all school superintendents be appointed rather than elected by the year 2015.

"There are less than 150 elected school superintendents in the United State of America," Reeves said. "Over half of them reside in the state of Mississippi."

The 2013 session will get underway Tuesday at noon.


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