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Not sure who to vote for in today’s GOP primary for Mississippi governor? Here’s a thread of stories on @tatereeves & @BillWallerMS’s views on the issues.

Let’s start with equal pay. This story dropped at @JxnFreePress yesterday. (cont.) #MSelex
1. Equal Pay: Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is the president of the MS Senate. Under him, MS became the last state w no equal pay law this year after AL passed one. 3 equal pay bills died in 2019 alone.

His opponent, Bill Waller, said he “absolutely” supports it.
2. Health care is the top issue that dominated the GOP runoff.

Waller supports a conservative version of Medicaid expansion that requires $20 monthly premiums. He says it will help save rural hospitals.

Reeves opposes, calling it “Obamacare expansion.”
3. While Bill Waller’s plan would open Medicaid up to 300k more premium-paying Mississippians & help rural hospitals, Reeves wants telehealth, tax breaks for biz who donate to struggling hospitals & tax cuts for physicians who locate to underserved areas.
4. On education, Bill Waller wants to raise MS teacher pay every year until it matches the regional average. MS teachers make thousands less than teachers in neighboring Alabama and Louisiana.

Reeves blocked a $4,000 raise this yr, allowing only $1,500.
5. Bill Waller has criticized Tate Reeves for the legislative tactics he used to get $3m for private school vouchers.

Reeves & other GOP leaders snuck the funds snuck into an unrelated spending bill just 23 mins before a vote without telling legislators.
6. Tate Reeves proposed $100 million to invest in career/tech training, w $75 million for programs in community colleges & $25m in high schools. Biz community supports this.

Waller says K-12 should be the focus for new career/tech programs—not colleges.
7. Waller wants to repair 100s of Mississippi roads and bridges by raising the gas tax, taking in money from travelers.

Reeves opposes the increase. He says money generated from the new state lottery will pay for repairs. It won’t pay for all, though.
8. You can read more about Bill Waller and Tate Reeves’ positions on the issues and their plans in this @JxnFreePress cover story: jacksonfreepress.com/news/2019/aug/… #MSelex #MSGov #MSGOPrunoff
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