Hosemann touts importance of education
By Bobby Harrison
Daily Journal Jackson Bureau
JACKSON – Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann voiced support for both a lottery and the collection of the 7 percent tax on internet sales with the revenue being directed toward education and transportation.
Hosemann, in his third term as secretary of state, made the comments Monday at the Mississippi State University Stennis Institute of Government/capitol press corps luncheon in Jackson.
“Ninety-four percent of people go to public schools,” Hosemann said. “If public schools don’t succeed, we don’t have anything to sell other than being a beautiful state.”
Hosemann cited the internet sales tax and lottery when asked during the meeting his opinion of increasing the tax on gasoline to provide for additional funds for transportation needs. Increasing the gasoline tax has been advocated for by some to fund what many groups, including the Mississippi Economic Council, have said is a rapidly deteriorating infrastructure system in the state….
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