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Summer Update

Tax proposal gets national spotlight

This past session, the Legislature passed and Gov. Reeves signed into law new tax policies in Mississippi that allow taxpayers to more quickly recover capital investment costs, incentivizing more businesses to invest in local products and people. I was honored to have sponsored and presented this legislation during the 2023 session – and national publications like the Tax Foundation and the National Review are taking note! In fact, the National Review held Mississippi up as an example other states should follow, saying, “Moving forward, other state and federal budget writers should take note of Mississippi’s full-expensing program and implement similar measures. If more states and the federal government get on board, the U.S. will attract vital capital investments that lead to job creation, wage growth, economic expansion, and a secure domestic home for more of America’s critical supply chains.” I’m proud of the work we do each year at the Capitol, but I’m especially proud of this bill. I’ll always champion legislation that strengthens our economy and attracts new, good-paying jobs.

BIPEC report card: A+!

I am delighted to have earned an “A” rating from Business and Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC), which recently released its legislative report card for the 2023 session. The report card recognizes pro-business legislators for their work supporting economic growth, job development, and business-related issues. Not only am I proud of my A rating for 2023, I am also honored to have earned a four-year average grade of A. Supporting Mississippi businessmen and women will always be a top priority for me as your state senator!

Doing the work: Enhancing my policy chops

I strive to improve my performance in most areas of life, from physical fitness to healthy eating, from reading to learning more about public policy. Toward that end, I am honored to serve on various committees tackling some of our nation’s toughest policy challenges. These include the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Fiscal Policy Task Force; the National Conference on State Legislatures (NCSL) Fiscal Policy Committee; ExcelInEd’s Policy Leader Network which focuses on education policy; the nonpartisan State Legislative Leaders Foundation (SLLF); and University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Emerging Legislative Leaders program (2023). Through these opportunities, I am able to participate in a free exchange of ideas, offering solutions and receiving valuable insight from others.

Family Celebrations

I was delighted to spend time with family while celebrating my grandparents’ 70th anniversary, my brother’s 40th birthday, and my son Brennan’s 18th birthday. My grandpa, who served in the Korean War, said that the secret to making it 70 years is marrying young and living a long time. He added that “selective hearing” helps, too!

Bill Signings

I joined Gov. Reeves and fellow lawmakers as the Governor signed into law a couple of bills I was heavily involved in, including a law supported by the National Rifle Association to protect gun purchasers and gun stores as well as legislation regulating the taxation of software to ensure fairness across Mississippi businesses.

2023 Mississippi Dental Association/School of Dentistry

I enjoyed meeting dental student Ben Draughn of Richton and Mississippi Dental Association President Dr. Rebecca Courtney this past legislative session. They visited the Capitol along with members of the Dental Association and students from the School of Dentistry during the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Capitol Day.

Shoot Me an Email

As your state senator, I’m always looking for input to help me best represent you at the Capitol. Feel free to send me ideas, suggestions, or concerns, and let me know what is going on in District 45!

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