Lt. Governor speaks out

The upcoming U.S. Senate Race is just one topic Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves addressed at a meeting held by the Harrison County Republican Women’s Group.

“You got to have measurements. If you’re not measuring you’re not really calculating whether you’re having success or not.” With those words, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves pointed out the 12 point uptick in the state’s graduation rate and other statewide achievements and legislation lawmakers passed in the most recent state legislative session as well as the failed BP bill that would have loosened up the $700 million in the state’s general fund earmarked for economic damages from the 2010 oil spill. “The Mississippi Senate has, in four different occasions, passed legislation that would do that. Most of the time, it was unanimous, and if not unanimous, only one or two nay votes so we have worked really hard to get that done. We had good conversations this year. We were very close to getting a bill on the BP money. I cannot speculate as to whether or not we will have a special session, but I do, I will tell you that I hope that if we do, we will have an agreement on this, and can put this behind us and move on to other things.”

While Lt. Gov. Reeves had plenty to say about recent legislation, he kept tight-lipped about whether he will run for governor. “I’ve been very blessed to serve the last seven years as our state’s lieutenant governor. We’ve been able to do wonderful things and while we haven’t made a final decision yet. It would certainly be an honor to have that opportunity and we look forward to it as we move forward and quite frankly it will probably be after the U.S. Senate race before an official announcement comes.”

As for that November 6th special election that will determine who will take over Thad Cochran’s U.S. Senate seat through January 2021, Lt. Gov. Reeves tells News 25 he is not officially endorsing any candidate at this time. “I don’t know that there will be a runoff, but obviously with four or five or six candidates in this race, I don’t even know how many at this point, it would be unlikely that anyone would get fifty percent plus one the first day.”

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