Leaders differ over dealing with bonds, charters

House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, and Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who presides over the Senate, ended the 2012 session with differing ideas on how to deal with two key issues – charter schools and bonds to finance long-term construction projects.

Gunn sounds as if he’s looking to compromise on the issues. Reeves, on the other hand, indicates he believes he already has compromised enough.

The 2012 session ended without a a charter school bill and without a bill to authorize the issuance of bonds for long-term construction projects, especially for work on university and community college campuses.