GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A state lawmaker's response to an email from a Gulfport woman is causing a stir on social media.
Becky Guidry posted the exchange with State Rep. Karl Oliver that included the Winona lawmaker telling Guidry he'd like to see her leave Mississippi and return to her native Illinois.
Guidry emailed Oliver about Senate Bill 2858, or the "Taxpayer Pay Raise Act," which would phase out some income taxes and eliminate the corporate franchise tax. The senate has passed the bill.
In her email, Guidry took lawmakers to task writing "it is irresponsible of our leadership to suggest eliminating income and corporate franchise taxes when revenue and projections are already down, budgets for various services are being cut across the board and funding for public education and other critical services such as child care, foster care and roads/bridges are underfunded."
Oliver turned personal, pointing out Guidry was "not a native to the Great State of Mississippi," adding he "could care less" that Guidry disagreed with him.
Oliver ended his response with "I would, however, recommend that there are a rather large number of like-minded citizens in Illinois that would love to see you return."
WLOX News Now contacted Oliver on Friday morning. This is what he had to say:
We also spoke with Guidry on Friday afternoon. We will have her response later today on WLOX News Now and WLOX.com.
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