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Lt. Gov. sees definite opportunities, anticipates issues, in upcoming Mississippi session

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann said he sees both opportunities and potential issues...
Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann said he sees both opportunities and potential issues awaiting the 2022 state Legislature.(Rogelio V. Solis | AP)
Published: Dec. 29, 2021 at 11:41 AM CST
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Office of The Lieutenant Governor Communications

JACKSON, Miss. (WDAM) - A packed agenda awaits legislators who return to the Mississippi Capitol on Jan. 4, 2022, to convene the legislative session.

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann said he expects the biggest challenge to be overseeing the expenditure of the $1.8 billion allocated to the state from the American Rescue Plan Act.

The broad categories the federal funds must be spent on include water, sewer and broadband infrastructure; tourism; and programs related to health care and combating and recovering from the continuing COVID pandemic.

“Challenges always come with significant opportunities and responsibilities,” Hosemann said. “There will be many proposals to use one-time money on fleeting items.

“My hope, however, is we will stay organized and focused on generational change. Years from now, we want to be able to point to the positive difference this influx of resources has made in our state.”

Hosemann has proposed a program to match the millions of ARPA dollars cities and counties received for water and sewer projects with state money to stretch the funds available and complete necessary projects.

Aside from ARPA appropriations, legislators will likely grapple with several other general bills, including a teacher pay raise, the rehabilitation of the state’s public parks, and tax relief amid an increase in state revenue.

“One of my biggest concerns is the increased cost of living for working Mississippians,” Hosemann said. “Senate leadership continues to explore options to ease the burden inflation has placed on families.”

This year, senators and representatives also will redistrict Mississippi’s state legislative and Congressional lines.  Over the summer, the committee held nine public hearings, which are web-casted and archived on the Mississippi Legislature’s YouTube page.

To view the legislative deadlines, or otherwise track the progress of the Legislature over the next three months, visit www.legislature.ms.gov.

To learn more about Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann, visit https://ltgovhosemann.ms.gov/.

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