GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi’s Speaker of the House Philip Gunn was on the coast Thursday talking in front of packed house of Gulf Coast Business Council members. He gave everyone a look back at the past legislative session, a look at what’s happening now in Jackson, and a peek ahead to the future.
"Human trafficking is a problem all across the nation, and here in Mississippi. The I-10 corridor is one of the main thoroughfares where this type of activity is happening,” Gunn said. “I got a passion for that a few years ago, and we got a bill together to work on human trafficking that we passed, and I think it will work.”
Gunn said he was pleased with the work state lawmakers put in to give teachers a pay raise, despite the recently reported trouble in processing the raises.
“This year we were able to come forward with a solid budget that included a teacher pay raise. It included a pay raise for state employees, and a pay raise for IHL employees,” Gunn added. “We fixed the retirement system, which also benefits the employees.”
He also gave kudos to coast lawmakers for their part in bringing most of that BP oil spill settlement money to South Mississippi.
“I want to commend your coast delegation for working hard on the BP settlement,” Gunn said. “They worked very hard to fight for the coast and they did the best they could to get everything that’s coming to the coast. I think we came forward with a good plan."