“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.
“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 hasn’t 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.