Don’t expect woe-is-me rhetoric from Republican leaders of the House and Senate.
After the legislative session ended in late March, House Speaker Philip Gunn of Clinton said the budget is tight, and said: “I don’t apologize for that.”
“We Republicans have campaigned for many, many years that we are for living within our means, we are for controlling spending, we are for reducing the size of government,” Gunn told reporters. “We don’t have a revenue problem; we have a spending problem. We are for reducing the tax burden.”
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves also said it’s good that Mississippi is moving to a smaller state budget.
“That’s what voters elected us to do. They elected us to live within our means,” Reeves said near the session’s end. “They believe they ought to send less money to the government. They believe that they are already overtaxed and overburdened.”