Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves outlines goals for 2nd term

Elimination of the state income tax and recruiting businesses from blue states top the list

JACKSON, Miss. (WCBI) – As Governor Tate Reeves welcomed hundreds of elementary students to the governor’s mansion to kick off the Christmas season, he was also reflecting on his recent victory and a second term.

“We have a lot of successes in Mississippi in the first term, but we also have a lot of work to do,” Reeves said.

Topping the list: elimination of the state income tax. Reeves said that would not only put more money in the pockets of working Mississippians but would also make it easier to recruit businesses.

“We believe eliminating the income tax is the single most important thing we can do to grow Mississippi’s economy. We would not only see more businesses in our state, creating more jobs, we would also see more people moving to our state, population growth. We are competing with Texas, Tennessee, and Florida every single day. Not only for new businesses but also for people. And we’re at a competitive disadvantage,” Reeves said.

Reeves was also looking to the next legislative session and said school choice will be high on the agenda.

“There’s been a huge push among Republicans around the country to give parents more options in their kids’ education. We have seen tremendous progress when it comes to educational achievement levels in our state and the obvious next step is more school choice. And I hope legislature acts on that and I believe there’s a lot of people in the legislature who want to do that,” Reeves said.

While Reeves and his staff are making plans for the next legislative session, preparations are also being made for an inauguration and all festivities that go along with that. It all means a busy start to the new year.

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