State budget surplus
July marked the beginning of a new budget year in Mississippi, and numbers for the previous year have been finalized. The result? Our revenue collections beat expectations by approximately $700 million! This is great news and a testament to conservative budgeting policies championed by Republicans like me who believe taxpayers, not the government, know best how to spend their hard-earned dollars. As your state senator, I will always vote for responsible budgets, lower taxes, and rational regulations that create an environment where Mississippians can thrive.
Pine Belt agriculture listening session
Mississippi Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner Andy Gipson recently hosted a listening session in Hattiesburg at the Forrest County Extension Service office to get feedback from the public and key stakeholders on agricultural needs, especially related to the new federal Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program (RFSI). I was able to attend and learn more about how this program will help strengthen our state’s food supply chain. Growing up in the country, I know firsthand the tremendous work it takes to put food on the table, and I will work hard to protect farmers’ interests at your state capitol. Anyone interested in learning more about this program may visit www.mdac.ms.gov/rfsi; public comments can be submitted through July 30, 2023.
Agriculture is not only important, but it's fun for our families!
Emerging Leaders summit
I was honored to represent Mississippi at the State Legislative Leaders Foundation’s Emerging Leaders summit this month on the campus of the University of Virginia. The program selects up to 50 emerging legislative leaders from across the nation to take part in discussions that focus on leadership development, values and ethics, conflict resolutions, and other challenging topics. What a delight it was to spend four days with a diverse group of legislative colleagues who seek to meet the challenges of the future with confidence and vigor!