Hot button issues for 2014

As Phil Bryant starts his third year as Mississippi’s governor, he aims to make public safety key in 2014. State Senator Billy Hudson agrees, and says the Mississippi Highway Patrol is hurting.

“They’re hurting. They’re hurting in terms of personnel, equipment and money. A lot of people have retired and have not been replaced in the highway patrol and they’re shorthanded,” he said.

He wants to see a new trooper school in coming days.

“You can’t just go hire somebody and put ’em to work in the highway patrol; you have to be trained and go to school.”

He pushes for a better paycheck for highway patrolmen. State Representative Larry Byrd agrees that public safety could use some work.