— Sarah Ulmer (@SarahUlmerYP) January 5, 2018
- Rep. Mark Baker
- Sen. Sally Doty
- Rep. Michael Evans
- Treasurer Lynn Fitch
- Gerard Gibert
- Rep. Andy Gipson
- DA Michael Guest
- Sen. Josh Harkins
- Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith
- Judge Joey Kilgore
- Mitch Tyner
- Whit Hughes
It is a paradox for our state. What may be good for the nation is bad for our state. Federal government sector growth needs restraining, but this restraint is killing Mississippi’s economy.
Medicaid expansion is where the rubber meets the road. During the Obama administration, the federal government expanded Medicaid eligibility for lower-income working people. Hundreds of thousands of working Mississippians would have received a huge shot in the arm. The state would have received a billion dollars a year in new federal dollars.
And the candidates for whom Bannon has sometimes acted as a conduit with donors may not need him as a middle man. One super PAC, Remember Mississippi, formed to help state Sen. Chris McDaniel win a Republican primary, will soon report having raised about $1.1 million, according to two people familiar with the committee’s war chest.
About $500,000 of the money comes from the Mercer family — billionaire Robert and his daughter Rebekah —the sources said.
While Bannon is also a big McDaniel backer, the Mercers have formed their own relationships with McDaniel and other GOP candidates. And they have distanced themselves from Bannon: Robert said last year that while he supports many of the same candidates as Bannon, he is independent from the former Trump strategist, and Rebekah, according to The Washington Post, has said she’s ready to cut off funding to Bannon.
The three bills passed Thursday – the third day of the session – would:
- Enact $50 million in bonds to split between the cities and counties to repair or replace substandard bridges.
- Divert 50 percent of general fund growth above 2 percent from the previous year up to $100 million to road and bridge needs.
- Place a two-year moratoriumon the construction of new highways unless in certain circumstances, such as land acquisition already has started or the road is needed for economic development purposes.
The moratorium bill passed by a 71-41 margin with most of the chamber’s Democrats voting against it. The other two passed by overwhelming margins.