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Groups in Moss Point join together to inform voters about Initiative 42

At sign in, attendees were given a sample ballot to look over. (Image Source: WLOX News) At sign in, attendees were given a sample ballot to look over. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Jackson County Supervisor Melton Harris (L) and State Representative Jeramey Anderson (R) were the panelists. (Image Source: WLOX News) Jackson County Supervisor Melton Harris (L) and State Representative Jeramey Anderson (R) were the panelists. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Mississippians can vote on Initiative 42 or 42A on the November 3rd ballot. (Image Source: WLOX News) Mississippians can vote on Initiative 42 or 42A on the November 3rd ballot. (Image Source: WLOX News)
MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

As Election Day approaches, more groups are spreading the word on Initiative 42, the ballot measure to fully fund education in the state of Mississippi. With ads for and against it, voters still came out to the Family Education Center in Moss Point to learn more.

I was tickled pink to find somebody that was putting on something that would make me more informed when I step in the booth, said Charles McClain.

Like many of those in attendance, McClain says all of the information being advertised about the initiative has been complex. Republican leaders say the initiative is unconstitutional and would leave education funding in the hands of a Hinds County Court judge, while Initiative 42 supporters say it simply fully funds public schools that have been largely underfunded for years.

I had been hearing news about Initiative 42 and then this 42A and I'm really confused about the difference between the two, said McClain.

State Representative Jeramey Anderson and Jackson County Supervisor Melton Harris were both on the panel. They answered a series of questions from the moderator and audience. Representative Anderson supports the initiative.

Initiative 42, like I said, it's the only way. I don't foresee us being able to fully fund education any other means. We have tried 18 years and it still hasnt been fully funded. It's only been fully funded twice. So, we want to talk about where the power lies. I think it's a great opportunity for the people to show the state of Mississippi and the legislature that the people, at the end of the day, have the final decision, said Anderson.

This past week, Governor Bryant and other state leaders made stops across the state urging residents to vote against Initiative 42. He even shared his opinion on WLOX News this Week.


This is for attorneys by attorneys and what it will do is take away the authority of their duly elected members of the House and the Senate and give it to a judge in Hinds County, said Governor Bryant.

The Moss Point group of Parents for Public Education, along with Delta Sigma Theta sorority, hosted tonight's forum. Both Initiative 42 and 42-A will be on the November 3rd ballot.

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