Senate Bill 3164, the Senate tax cut bill, passed that chamber today. See the Senate vote.
Thank you to the many, many public education supporters who have called your legislators about these dangerous tax cut bills. You are making a difference! Though today’s vote didn’t go the way we wanted, the Senate debate reflected many of our concerns. Sen. John Horhn pointed out that the $317-million that the Senate bill would strip from the state budget is enough to fully fund the MAEP this year. Other senators questioned the state cutting revenue while the MAEP remains underfunded.
You deserve answers to these important questions:
- Did legislators underfund the MAEP by $272-million this year because they wanted to shortchange children or because there wasn’t enough money?
- If the state doesn’t have enough money to fully fund public schools, how is there enough money for an income tax cut?
- If the state can afford an income tax cut, why don’t the teacher pay raise bills get teacher salaries to the Southeastern average?
The Senate bill now will go to the House. We’ll keep you in the loop as it moves through the process.
You won’t want to miss tomorrow evening’s virtual REAL TALK with Education Committee leaders!
What: Virtual REAL TALK with Senate Education Chairman Dennis DeBar and House Education Vice Chair Kent McCarty
Where: Zoom – get your link to join the meeting
When: Tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 24, at 5:45 p.m.
Join us to get the latest on the teacher pay raise and other important education bills! Submit your questions for guest speakers by emailing them in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can post them in the chat tomorrow evening. This event is supported by the Community Foundation for Mississippi with a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
We hope to see you on Zoom tomorrow at 5:45 p.m. for some REAL TALK. Together, we’ve got this!