In today’s update we cover early childhood education, the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula, the shrinking Obama economy and the announcement of a new trade conference coming to Mississippi.
Early Childhood Education
Education continues to be a top priority of your Republican leaders. This week, both Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn voiced their support of upcoming legislation that will improve early childhood education. Yesterday, Lt Gov. Reeves and Speaker Gunn announced their support of legislation to aid early childhood education classes throughout the state and additional classes through utilization of public- private partnerships.
“The earlier a child can say his ABC’s, pick up a book, and name his colors, the better that child will perform when he starts kindergarten or first grade.”
– Lt. Gov Tate Reeves
“We are bringing forward an educational package this session that includes early childhood education as one of the factors that improves the learning of the students. I’m supportive of doing what needs to be done to improve education in Mississippi.”
– Speaker Philip Gunn
Senate Bill 2395 will provide matching funds to local early childhood education programs such as school districts, private and parochial schools, private childcare centers, and Head Start. Similar programs, that have been beneficial in Mississippi communities, will be given consideration for funding as well. The MSGOP would like to thank Sen. Brice Wiggins for his sponsorship of SB 2395 and Rep. Toby Barker of Hattiesburg for his sponsorship of a similar plan, HB 781. Gov. Phil Bryant said, “I commend Lt. Gov. Reeves and Speaker Gunn for their commitment to improving education in Mississippi. Senate Bill 2395 provides a collaborative approach to voluntarily providing Pre-K to young children in Mississippi. The Mississippi Building Blocks model, in combination with the Pre-K collaborative model, will provide more opportunities to support school rea diness in young children and further my push for literacy improvements.”
Mississippi Adequate Education Program
Continuing on the education front, State Auditor Stacy Pickering disclosed changes that he suggested be made in order to properly audit the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula. Auditor Pickering spoke to the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, outlining why the Auditor’s office could not move forward in certifying the MAEP formula. Two major reasons for the halt in certification were due to the formula either not being uniform or not being auditable. Auditor Pickering also emphasized that he was not attempting to change the formula, but rather showing that the MAEP formula, which accounts for 43% of the state budget, could be incorrect.
The Shrinking Obama Economy
The U.S. Department of Commerce reported yesterday that the gross domestic product shrank at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter. This news is yet another vivid example that the Obama administration has failed to do anything to grow our economy. Rather than rise to the challenge and take responsibility for the condition of America’s economy, President Obama and the Democrats continue to do what they always do – blame others.
New Trade Conference Coming to Mississippi
Mississippi can also look forward to more economic stimulation. Governor Phil Bryant made an announcement today that the state of Mississippi will host the 36th Annual Joint Meeting of the Southeast U.S. – Japan and Japan/U.S. Southeast Associations. The meeting will be held November 17-19, 2013, at the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Miss. Governor Bryant expressed his enthusiasm over the upcoming conference:
“Mississippi has been a proud member of SEUS-Japan since 2007, and we are delighted to be hosting this year’s SEUS-Japan joint meeting,” Governor Bryant said. “Mississippi is already home to leading Japanese businesses such as Nissan and Toyota, and this event will allow us to pursue new investment and trade opportunities with our Japanese counterparts and showcase our beautiful Gulf Coast. I thank Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway and the Mississippi Gulf Coast for welcoming our guests in November and for hosting this important event.” Read more about the conference HERE.
Governor Phil Bryant Announces Trade Conference
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