Gubernatorial Candidates Meet in Debate: Justice Bill Waller and Lt. Governor Tate Reeves met in a 30-minute debate hosted by WJTV Wednesday evening. Only one education question was posed to the candidates during the debate. The moderator referenced the candidates’ first debate in which Waller proposed increasing the starting salary of teachers to $40,000, while Reeves did not propose a specific monetary amount. The moderator then asked each candidate to explain why their proposal was the best. Justice Waller responded that teacher pay must be increased as quickly as possible until we reach the southeastern average, that he would ask the legislature to fund a teacher pay raise in February before other needs are funded, and “we have a crisis in our state.” Lt. Governor Reeves responded by agreeing with Justice Waller that teacher pay must be addressed quickly, citing teacher pay raises during his administration, and citing student outcomes in the classrooms in recent years. Other policy issues discussed during the debate included Medicaid expansion, infrastructure/roads, and Mississippi’s economy.
Lt. Governor Candidates to Debate: WJTV has announced that Representative Jay Hughes and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann will meet in a 30-minute debate at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 12. The debate will be broadcast to a statewide audience.