MERIDIAN, Miss.–The next place you can catch one of those public meetings about the coming vote on paying for education is in Meridian at the Temple Theater, this Thursday night. If you’re thinking about how much it will cost you, maybe you should take the time to go to one of the meetings.
That’s advice Rep. Greg Snowden would give you. He went to the first one last week at the Jackson State E Center.
“The law requires the secretary of state, Delbert Hosemann, to have these hearings around the state and he’s holding eight of them,” said Snowden.
What they’re discussing are two possible amendments to the state constitution to pay for education. The choices are Initiative 42 and Initiative 42a. The wording for both is only slightly different and one was offered by the people, through a petition. The other was offered through the state legislature.
What each means and the difference in their wording is very important and could mean serious reductions in services you get from the state if a forced full-funding of education ends up with seven or eight percent budget cuts to state agencies.
“At least this way there’s a meeting and people can ask questions. It may raise the awareness of the issue in the community and that’s what it’s designed for,” said Snowden.