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Hosemann ad highlights paying off state debt, downsizing government

Drawing on his experience as a businessman in the private sector, Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann said when he ran for the office in 2019 that he would make state government leaner and more efficient.

Four years later, under Hosemann’s leadership, Mississippi has significantly paid down its debt, downsized state personnel, and implemented a plan to retain high-performing employees.

Hosemann’s first 30-second TV spot in his bid for re-election highlights these achievements.

“While states like California are facing billions in debt, we are paying off the state credit card, putting money in our savings account, and cutting taxes,” Hosemann said. “Running our state like a business means we can put taxpayer money back in taxpayer pockets without neglecting necessary investments like the maintenance of our roads and bridges.”

Since January 2020, when Hosemann took office, the number of state employees has decreased by about 2,300. Almost 5,700 unnecessary “pins,” or authorized positions at state agencies, have been eliminated.

With the Legislature’s support, the State Personnel Board simultaneously implemented a plan to realign salaries within state government to be more competitive and reward high-performers.

Additionally, the state has paid down more than $500 million in debt. The Legislature has not authorized new bonds in two years, which will save on interest payments and improve Mississippi’s fiscal position.

Hosemann’s platform is focused on securing Mississippi’s elections, lowering taxes on working people, addressing crime, investing infrastructure, growing our economy, and improving educational opportunities.

The Republican Primary Election for Lt. Governor is Aug. 8.

Hosemann’s newest spot can also be viewed here

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob is also heard on 95.3 The Rebel twice a week with sports updates and high school football play-by-play broadcasts in the fall. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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