AP interview: Reeves pushing for charter schools

With the 2013 Mississippi legislative session starting next week, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says he believes there’s bipartisan support for charter schools and for efforts to improve children’s reading skills in early elementary grades.

The Rankin County Republican also says he would support a “reasonable, rational” bond bill that focuses on long-term needs, not short-term projects such as new roofs for state buildings. The 2012 session ended without an agreement on issuing bonds to finance projects. While House leaders last year sought a bond package of $250 million or more, Senate leaders sought less than half of that, with Reeves saying he didn’t want to increase the state’s debt.

Reeves served eight years as state treasurer. He’s beginning his second year as lieutenant governor, the presiding officer of the state Senate.