Candidates in this year’s governor’s race are ramping up their efforts to take the Magnolia State’s top office.
Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves and Attorney General Jim Hood took part in their first debate ahead of the general election November 5th.
The two touched on hard hitting topics including the legalization of medical marijuana, infrastructure, and maintaining healthcare to rural areas, but things got heated when teacher pay increases hit the table for discussion.
Reeves said, “The fact that over the last fiscal year we’re up $350 million over what was originally projected. In the first quarter of this year alone, we’re $77 million above our original projections. It just so happens that $1,500 pay raise we proposed next year would cost $78 million and we actually have the money in the bank to pay for it.”
After hearing Reeves’ teacher pay plan Hood immediately interjects. “I’d like to respond I mean he’s taking credit for money that I brought in with internet sales taxs with the attorney general. That’s where those revenues are coming from, from the Internet sales tax and that’s what our office in the litigation before the United States Supreme Court won that case. So those revenues are because of things that I brought back to the states.”
This was the first time in this election cycle Jim Hood participated in a debate. Reeves was involved in two Republican primary debates prior to the runoff election.