Blount, Gipson; point, counterpoint

State Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, and Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, gave a polite point-counterpoint on the 2015 legislative session on Tuesday at the Stennis Institute of Government’s Capitol press corps lunch.

Much of the forum centered on the Initiative 42 ballot drive to change the state constitution to force full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula, and the Initiative 42-A alternative passed by the GOP majority Legislature this session…

…Blount supports the full-funding initiative, and says the legislative alternative is a “disingenuous” attempt to split the vote and prevent its passage in November.

Gipson says Initiative 42 is “probably the most dangerous thing on the ballot for voters in November” and would wrest school funding control from the elected Legislature and give it to the Hinds County Chancery Court.

Clarion Ledger
4/14/15