Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves speaks at Ro­tary

Starkville Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By MARY RUMORE life@starkvilledai­lynews.com

Mis­sis­sippi Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor Tate Reeves was the guest speaker dur­ing the Starkville Ro­tary Club’s weekly meet­ing on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

“I firmly be­lieve that our state gov­ern­ment’s num­ber one pri­or­ity should be job cre­ation, bring­ing bet­ter and higher pay­ing jobs to our state,” Reeves said. “I have a po­lit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy that says gov­ern­ment does not cre­ate jobs. Gov­ern­ment’s role is to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment that en­cour­ages those in the pri­vate sec­tor to in­vest capi­tol and cre­ate jobs.”

Reeves said there were three main pri­or­i­ties to en­cour­ag­ing eco­nomic growth in the state.

Reeves said the first key point to see­ing longterm eco­nomic growth and pros­per­ity is that Mis­sis­sippi must have a fis­cally re­spon­si­ble gov­ern­ment.

“We are fo­cused on op­er­at­ing our gov­ern­ment in a fis­cally pro­duc­tive man­ner,” he said. “The key com­po­nent is that we aren’t go­ing to spend money we don’t have.”

Reeves said the state has a truly bal­anced bud­get this year and a lit­tle over $300 mil­lion in a rainy day fund in case of nat­u­ral or fis­cal dis­as­ters.

The sec­ond pri­or­ity Reeves men­tioned is the state must have a fair and flat tax code that en­cour­ages eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Reeves, in­ven­tory tax and cor­po­rate fran­chise tax made Mis­sis­sippi less com­pet­i­tive be­cause all sur­round­ing states do not have those taxes.

Reeves said man­u­fac­tur­ers look­ing to start a new busi­ness in the state would have to pay a cor­po­rate fran­chise tax that they wouldn’t have to pay in other states in the South­east, and the cost of do­ing busi­ness is higher be­cause of those taxes.

“That’s the rea­son why we’ve led the charge to, in a re­spon­si­ble way over time, elim­i­nate both the in­ven­tory tax and the cor­po­rate fran­chise tax,” he said.

Reeves said the largest tax cut in Mis­sis­sippi, the Tax­payer Pay Raise Act, which passed a cou­ple years ago, will also re­duce in­di­vid­ual in­come taxes on ev­ery tax­payer in the state.

The third key Reeves high­lighted in­volved im­prov­ing the ed­u­ca­tional at­tain­ment level of state cit­i­zens.

“Ten to 15 years ago, when busi­nesses were look­ing to lo­cate in var­i­ous states, the first ques­tion they asked is ‘what kind of in­cen­tives do you of­fer?’” Reeves said. “They no longer ask that first. To­day, the first thing ev­ery po­ten­tial em­ployer and cur­rent em­ployer says is ‘tell me about your work­force.’”

Reeves said in the past, peo­ple were out look­ing for jobs, but to­day jobs are out look­ing for peo­ple, and there are 48,000 jobs in the state posted on­line that are un­filled.

Reeves said he be­lieved ed­u­ca­tion starts at pre-K and goes through life­long learn­ing.

the rec­om­men­da­tion of JH&H Ar­chi­tects, which de­signed the school.

At the Oc­to­ber school board meet­ing, JH&H Prin­ci­pal Bruce Wood told the board the school’s costs would likely in­crease by more than $2 mil­lion in the wake of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey.

Cur­rent con­tri­bu­tions to the school stand at $27.5 mil­lion, with $12.5 mil­lion com­ing from the district, $10 mil­lion from the state of Mis­sis­sippi and $5 mil­lion from Mis­sis­sippi State Univer­sity.

Com­ple­tion is sched­uled for fall 2019. The school will be lo­cated near the north en­trance to the MSU cam­pus across from the Thad Cochran Re­search, Tech­nol­ogy and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment

Park.

Once com­plete, the school will serve all sixth and sev­enth graders in the district and serve as a lab­o­ra­tory for the MSU Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion.

(Photo by Mary Rumore, SDN)

Mis­sis­sippi Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor Tate Reeves was the speaker dur­ing Mon­day’s Ro­tary pro­gram.

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