PERS Study: Following The Reaction

The GOP obviously has the most to lose on this issue, as with any major issue at this point. That is what happens when you are the majority and control all levels of state government. Regardless of what Democrats and their allies were saying all year long, Republican candidates pretty much vowed to protect all benefits for those in the system, including the much discussed “13th check.” Specifically, the House Republican Caucus signed a pledge and there was also the group of Republican Senators who, while not speaking for the leadership, made their own promises.

Phil Bryant also has a lot to lose here as he gets set to begin his first term as governor in a few weeks. Be interesting to see what he says about the study. Haley Barbour was one of the best at handling difficult issues, and as we have seen has remained popular. Those are big shoes to fill for Bryant, but it is possible to navigate through muddy waters.

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