Most state officials cautious on MAEP initiative

JACKSON – Both Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves have expressed concerns with the effort of a newly formed grassroots organization to garner enough signatures to place on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment to fully fund public education.

Other Republican state officeholders were cautiously non-committal in response to a Daily Journal survey about the initiative.

The only statewide elected official to endorse the proposal was Attorney General Jim Hood, who is also the only Democrat in the group.

In a statement last week and in late July at the Neshoba County Fair, Bryant said, “Right now I would not vote for it.” He said the proposal would increase “uncertainty with the state budget.”

Daily Journal
8/24/14