Public meetings offer insight on competing school funding ballot - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Public meetings offer insight on competing school funding ballot initiatives

Supporters and opponents of a school funding initiative attended the first public hearing on Initiative Measure Number 42 and Alternative Measure 42.Source: WLBT Supporters and opponents of a school funding initiative attended the first public hearing on Initiative Measure Number 42 and Alternative Measure 42.Source: WLBT
Voters were given an opportunity to state their opinions after each side defended their proposal. Source: WLBT Voters were given an opportunity to state their opinions after each side defended their proposal. Source: WLBT
Alternative Measure 42 is a legislative alternative giving funding and enforcement oversight to lawmakers. Source: WLBT Alternative Measure 42 is a legislative alternative giving funding and enforcement oversight to lawmakers. Source: WLBT
The next  public hearing will be held Tursday in Hernando. Seven more are scheduled statewide through September 8th. Source: WLBT The next  public hearing will be held Tursday in Hernando. Seven more are scheduled statewide through September 8th. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

The Secretary of State's Office is holding a series of public hearings on education funding ballot initiatives. Tuesday's meeting at the JSU E-Center was the first opportunity to learn about the ballot amendments and for voters to weigh in on future funding.     

Supporters and opponents of a school funding initiative attended the first public hearing on Initiative Measure Number 42 and Alternative Measure 42.
The ballot initiative will amend Section 201 of the State Constitution.

Voters were given an opportunity to state their opinions after each side defended their proposal.
 
Initiative Number 42 would require state funded public education by  legislative funding and enforcement by the chancery court.

Alternative Measure 42 is a legislative alternative giving funding and enforcement oversight to lawmakers.

"Initiative 42 A is a decoy and as every person in Mississippi knows, decoys when brought home just don't put meat on the table," said Mississippi Association of Educators President Joyce Helmick. "It's not giving us what we need. We need funding for our schools and our students." 

Mississippi House of Representatives Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden authored Alternate Measure 42.

"Initiative 42 in my opinion would take away authority of the legislature to appropriate public dollars which is the fundamental and paramount duty of the legislature and put it in the hands of the courts and that is not appropriate," said Snowden.
 
"This is the first time since 1817, and we became a state 200 years ago, that we have competing legislative amendments, said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. "We have 100,000 people who signed the petition to have one amendment and we have the legislature who has signed a counter amendment." 

The next  public hearing will be held Thursday in Hernando. Seven more are scheduled statewide through September 8th.

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