November 27, 2022

Audio system included Governor Reeves, Secretary of State Watson, Lawyer Common Fitch, and extra. 

The 2022 Neshoba County Honest, “Mississippi’s Big Houseparty,” began on Friday, July 22, and can conclude on Friday, July 29.  This 12 months’s lineup of public and political audio system occurred on Wednesday, July 27, and Thursday, July 28.

Thursday’s line up of political audio system included:

  • Brent Bailey (R), Public Service Commissioner, Central District
  • David McRae (R), State Treasurer
  • Shad White (R), State Auditor
  • Hon. Michael Watson (R), Secretary of State
  • Hon. Andy Gipson (R), Commissioner of Agriculture & Commerce
  • Hon. Lynn Fitch (R), Lawyer Common
  • Hon. Willie Simmons (D), Transportation Commissioner, Central District
  • Hon. Philip Gunn (R), Speaker, Mississippi Home of Representatives
  • Hon. Tate Reeves (R), Governor

READ MORE: Political talking on the 2022 Neshoba County Honest kicked off as we speak

Beneath is a spotlight of Thursday’s political speeches.

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves

Governor Tate Reeves, Neshoba 2022

The Mississippi Governor highlighted many successes that the State has achieved over the past couple of years.

“Once I turned lieutenant governor, Mississippi was useless final in fourth grade math. Now, we’re above the nationwide common at quantity 23,” Reeves stated. “Right this moment, 87.7 p.c of all Mississippi children graduate from highschool. That’s increased than ever in our state, and higher than the nationwide common.”

Governor Reeves celebrated the supply of the most important instructor pay increase in Mississippi historical past. Lecturers’ beginning salaries are actually above the Southeast and the nationwide common.

Reeves famous that Mississippi was the tenth finest state within the nation for weathering the financial penalties of COVID-19. He added that Mississippi had the most important annual improve in worker payrolls for the reason that final century and from June 2021 to June 2022, the state has elevated employment by  one other 30,000 jobs.

The Governor stated that of the 41 states with an earnings tax, Mississippi now has the fifth lowest marginal price in the complete nation. Reeves additionally famous that Mississippi was first within the nation in overturning Roe v. Wade.

Speaker of the Home Philip Gunn 

Speaker of the Home Philip Gunn, Neshoba 2022

Speaker of the Home Philip Gunn emphasised the work executed by the Home of Representatives, not solely this previous 12 months, however since Republicans gained a majority within the state in 2012. Previous to that point, the Mississippi Home was run by Democrats.

Speaker Gunn stated due to the present legislature the state is now a pacesetter in combating human trafficking, is in the perfect monetary state it has ever been in, equal pay was handed, broadband entry has expanded, and infrastructure funding has elevated.

Nonetheless, Gunn stated a very powerful of the issues to return out of the Home of Representatives was the work to finish “on-demand” abortions within the state of Mississippi.

“There isn’t a one who has fought more durable for the lives of the unborn than the Mississippi Home of Representatives,” stated Gunn.

The 15-week-abortion invoice (HB1510), which was authored within the Home, was the catalyst for the U.S. Supreme Court docket determination that finally gave states the ability to find out abortion rules.

Gunn urged the group to point out up on the polls in November of 2023 and ship the lawmakers at present working within the Home again to the Capitol.

Mississippi Lawyer Common Lynn Fitch

Lawyer Common Lynn Fitch, Neshoba 2022

Lawyer Common Lynn Fitch started her remarks with, “We gained, we gained Mississippi,” referencing the latest SCOTUS determination on abortion.

“We, the state of Mississippi, stood up and requested a tough query, overturn Roe v. Wade,” stated Fitch. “This can be a rule of regulation query that belongs to the folks, belongs to you. You get to make that call. The Justices, believed that and stated constitutionally it was not in there and it must be, all the time must be returned to the folks.”

Fitch stated the work doesn’t cease right here, including that now it’s crucial to return via for moms, kids and households to supply the care and sources they should thrive. She counseled the Legislature for his or her passage of a tax credit score for disaster being pregnant facilities throughout the state in addition to the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act for ladies.

“We are saying to ladies, you’re valued, you’re a part of the tapestry of Mississippi,” stated Fitch.

Fitch stated motion is important and having the laborious conversations revolving round this subject are needed. She stated evolving methods to redefine the workforce to permit for extra maternity and paternity go away, imposing youngster assist legal guidelines, and inspiring inexpensive and accessible childcare choices in addition to many different areas must be addressed.

>“We requested the Justices for this job and I consider all Mississippians, we’re prepared,” stated Fitch. “As a result of for 50 years, we didn’t have this chance to have the dialogue, to take motion, and now we do.”

State Auditor Shad White

State Auditor Shad White, Neshoba 2022

The Auditor’s workplace is well-known for uncovering the most important fraud scheme within the historical past of the state of Mississippi underneath Auditor Shad White’s management, that being at MDHS. He added that in addition they completed investigations which led to the most important civil settlement within the workplace’s historical past and a whole lot of years of jailtime for the defendants.

“We’re going to work each single day to guard your cash and so long as you let me hold this job, I’m going to proceed to do it that means,” stated White.

White stated his workplace is forcing folks in authorities to “sit up a little bit bit straighter.” He stated he’s glad that the best way he’s doing his job is forcing folks to be a little bit extra involved in the event that they plan to steal the general public’s cash. White hopes to discourage folks from white collar crime by constructing a fame of being powerful, however honest in each circumstance.

“We’re going to maintain folks accountable to the regulation, no matter how well-known they’re, or the place they’re from, or who their mama is, it doesn’t matter to us, we’re going to maintain folks accountable to the regulation, interval,” stated White.

He famous that the Auditor’s workplace doesn’t get to find out who’s or is just not charged with a criminal offense. That call is made by prosecutors. He’s liable for discovering the details and presenting them to prosecutors who make that call. White stated with bigger circumstances, just like the MDHS scandal, in addition they have one other entity that appears in on their work. For that case, every thing was turned over to the FBI for overview.

“And I’ll let you know this proper now, the FBI has not arrested a soul in that case that now we have not already arrested within the final two years so apparently we’re doing a reasonably rattling thorough job,” stated White.

White stated his mission is influenced by the query: “Am I making a greater Mississippi for my daughters?”

He stated they deserve a Mississippi that’s as free from corruption as potential.

Mississippi Treasurer David McRae

State Treasurer David McRae, Neshoba 2022

Treasurer David McRae offered updates on what the workplace has been capable of accomplish within the previous few years. Most significantly, the Treasurer has returned a file quantity of $55 million to the taxpayers in unclaimed property. The workplace can also be at present on tempo to return $70 million.

“That is one thing I’m extraordinarily pleased with for this workplace,” stated McRae.

He stated that is the folks’s cash, which goes again to communities.

McRae stated 1 in 10 Mississippians have unclaimed property. As an illustration, in Neshoba County there may be over $1 million in unclaimed property ready to be given again to the taxpayers.

McRae then touched on faculty financial savings, a big effort within the Treasurer’s workplace. The plans supplied by the Treasurer’s workplace enable households to make sensible selections when saving for faculty.

He stated that one of these fiscal duty permits the state to depend on itself versus prolonged reliance on the federal authorities.

McRae introduced as we speak that the Legacy Plan was again to being totally funded and on strong footing.

Secretary of State Michael Watson

Secretary of State Michael Watson, Neshoba 2022

The Mississippi Secretary of State addressed three items of laws that handed throughout the 2022 Mississippi Legislative session that Watson described as “progress in the suitable route.”

The primary was laws that ensures solely U.S. residents vote in Mississippi elections. The second laws is one which modernizes voting machines in Mississippi counties. The third, is the Election Assist Fund.

Secretary Watson stated each month on the Secretary of State’s web site, his workplace has began publishing a report that reveals the proportion of registered voters primarily based on the voting-age inhabitants in that county.

“If it’s 90 p.c or above, I would like you to interact,” Watson stated. “Begin speaking to your elections commissioners. They’re those who’ve the roles to verify our voter rolls are maintained.”

Following his speech, Watson spoke with Y’all Politics about potential points or items of laws he hopes to see within the 2023 session.

Watson stated that the massive challenge that folks will see is post-election audits.

“We obtained actually shut with that one final 12 months. There have been some considerations from a few of our circuit clerks about timelines and who did what,” Watson stated. “We’ve obtained these, I feel, found out with them. In the direction of the tip of the session they had been much more snug with that.”

“We’re 54 counties in to a 82 county tour, constructing these relationships, and speaking via laborious points like post-election audits,” Watson added. “How will we get that found out? That’s essential for Mississippians, so I feel that we’re going to get to a workable resolution after which get our Legislature on board as properly.”

Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson

Commissioner Andy Gipson, Neshoba 2022

On Thursday, Commissioner Andy Gipson spoke about insurance policies that will make Mississippi agriculture and commerce flourish sooner or later.

“Each farmer is aware of this, you don’t get what you plant, you’re going to get greater than you plant, and your’e going to get a harvest after you plant in the event you do the work needed,” Gipson stated.

Following his speech, Commissioner Gipson spoke with Y’all Politics, saying that inflation, excessive power prices, and uncontrolled environmental safety company underneath the Biden Administration are the important thing points dealing with farmers as we speak.

“We obtained to have some reduction,” Gipson stated. “And there’s nothing extra essential than getting that reduction for Mississippi farmers.”

PSC Central District Commissioner Brent Bailey

Commissioner Brent Bailey, Neshoba 2022

The PSC Central District Commissioner stated that the Public Service Fee must be “a watch canine for shoppers, to manage the utilities that we’re entitled and instructed to take action, and most of all, we have to help clients on the problems that come earlier than them.”

Bailey stated that from January 1st to as we speak, they’ve taken 827 complaints.

“We do our greatest to signify, work, and resolve the problems as rapidly as potential,” Bailey famous. “And that’s simply the complaints on the utilities facet.”

The Central District Commissioner stated that for the primary six months they’ve taken in 5,570 complaints on robocallers and telemarketers. Bailey stated that the PSC has 175 telemarketers registered within the State and that they don’t seem to be the issue, saying it’s the ones that don’t register.

Commissioner Bailey stated that his group has been very energetic this 12 months and has traveled coast to coast representing the Central District, making an attempt to be taught, carry again data, and get new concepts.

“Now we have been on the transfer doing what we will for you on the PSC,” Bailey added.

The Commissioner mentioned the Mississippi Public Service Fee’s $300 million settlement with Entergy Mississippi and different unnamed events. Bailey additionally spoke on the PSC’s up to date Web Metering Guidelines.

Central District Transportation Commissioner Willie Simmons

Central District Transportation Commissioner, Neshoba 2022

The Central District Transportation Commissioner thanked attendees for all the assist and stated that these working for the Division of Transportation need to proceed to do extra.

Simmons thanked all the management within the Legislature, noting that the Speaker and the Lt. Governor led the state so properly.


You may view clips of speeches and commentary from the political talking on the 2022 Neshoba County Honest under.

**Contributions from Capitol Correspondent Sarah Ulmer**

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