Lt. Gov. Reeves: Vote against school funding initiative

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says voters should reject an education funding initiative because he believes it would give a judge too much power over the Mississippi budget.

“I think you should be very concerned about the ultimate implications of it passing,” Republican Reeves told the Columbus Rotary Club on Tuesday, according to the Commercial Dispatch ( ).

He said if voters adopt Initiative 42 in November, people could file a lawsuit if school funding falls short, and a judge in Hinds County — the seat of state government — could order legislators to put more money into K-12 education. Reeves said because education already takes a large portion of the state budget, such an order would affect spending for community colleges, universities and other state programs.