Jackson, Miss– Governor Phil Bryant says MAEP could move money from your wallet to an attorney’s wallet.
MAEP was set up to guarantee funding for schools in Mississippi. Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove has been speaking around the state, raising participants for a lawsuit he plans to file against the state demanding that $1.5 billion dollars be put toward the MAEP. There are 14 school districts involved in the lawsuit: Clarksdale, Clay County, Greensville, Hattiesburg, Leake County, Okolona, Prentiss County, Richton, Simpson County, Smith County, Tate County, Wayne County, West Tallahatchie and Wilkinson County.
Though money for education sounds good, Governor Phil Bryant says that this could bust the state $6 billion dollar budget.
“It would be a dramatic tax increase,” says Governor Phil Bryant. Governor Bryant also says that the initiative to put MAEP on the ballot makes it hard to say no.