Hosseman addresses Neshoba County fair, announces re-election bid and discusses pro-child policies – The Vicksburg Post
Vicksburg native and Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosseman speaks during political speeches Wednesday at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss.
During the speech, Hoseman, who was joined on stage by his wife Lynn, announced his bid for re-election.
“By law, the position of lieutenant governor is part-time, and I promise you that I am going to try full-time,” he said. “Lynn and I were talking about, if you hire me again for four years, I plan to come back and work for you.”
Hausman devoted much of her speech to addressing the next steps after a recently triggered law banning abortion in the state.
“I am very proud that Mississippi took the lead in the Dobbs case,” he said. “I’m very proud that we value the life of the unborn, but with the victory that we got, we have to be pro-child.”
Hossman recently named Sen. Nicole Boyd to lead a nine-member study group to investigate how the state can better support Mississippi women, children and families. He said the group will study barriers to adoption and parenting, childcare availability and early intervention.
Hausman specifically talked about postpartum care for mothers.
“I want to ask you a question: What do you remember about being single? You don’t remember anything because your mother was taking care of you,” he said. “How can we celebrate the rights of the unborn and then Can say when they got lucky here? We’re better than that. Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, they all have postpartum.
“Let’s not be the last this time,” he said. “Pro-life means pro-child, and we’re going to do that this year.”
The investments made by the state in the Hausman report include:
- More than $1 billion in roads and bridges. “I had the opportunity to go out and talk to cities and counties about their money-saving, transformational, long-term,” Hosseman said. “We don’t have to ‘fritter’ it—it’s a Vicksburg word for when you won’t be able to find it two years from now.”
- $230 million in local roads and bridges, including an emergency program and maintenance schedule that prioritizes critical highway projects and pre-fund highway maintenance through 2024.
- $750 million of the American Rescue Plan Act in a match program to decontaminate water and sewer systems. The state of Mississippi received a total of $1.8 billion in ARPA funds.
- $28 million to improve state parks. “One of my pet peeves — you go to a state park in Mississippi and it’s not up to standard,” Hosseman said. “They tell us we can get a match for it, so we can put $50 million in our state parks — something you’ll want to take with your family.”
- Founded a managerial entertainment with $10 million, with the goal of matching this amount to conservation efforts and federal programs of up to $20 million for public spaces.
- Creation of economic growth incentives to bring in new businesses and encourage the expansion of existing industry. MFlex rewards small businesses that invest at least $2.5 million and employ 10 employees with tax incentives.
- The largest teacher pay increase in state history, resulting in a $246 million investment in teachers.
Hausmann also discussed:
- Corinth, Gulfport and Lamar counties have revised school calendars that allow nine weeks of school, followed by two or three weeks off, with intervals in between. Hausman said the state will “propose to provide funding to any school district interested in moving this revised calendar forward.”
- crime, particularly in Jackson, and support of laws that “prevent illegal behavior and punish those involved.” Hosman noted the need for a speedy trial and raised compensation for state sheriffs, Mississippi Highway Patrol officers, district attorneys and judges.
- The flat 4 percent income tax that will be fully implemented in 2026, which Hausman said would result in $52.5 million back in taxpayers’ pockets.
- The reduction of 3,000 posts in the state government, which is a shortfall of more than 10 per cent.
- Reduction of state debt by $294 million, with plans to further reduce by $300 million in 2022.
- Financing of near double digit inflation and immediate cash rebates to the taxpayers.
- A further $100 million needs to be provided to cities and counties for roads and bridges during the 2022 season to continue infrastructure investment.
- Incentives to review state rules.