On stage at the Neshoba County Fair, Gov. Phil Bryant laid out a plan and a message to Mississippi parents who currently pay or should be paying child support.
“If you have a child, you need to be prepared to support that child,” Bryant said.
Bryant says too often those responsible for paying feel they can get away with not paying and in some cases it works.
To fix the problem and create a better system, Bryant is asking the Department of Human Services to step in.
“The old system we have in place now is very cumbersome,” said Bryant.
Bryant says currently there’s about $305 million in outstanding child support payments. With better technology now available, Bryant says services will be reworked while at the same time quickening payouts to those who depend on them.