Bill Waller on Technology
More funds to take care of our crumbling roads and bridges
Mississippi's roads and bridges are in critical need of improvement. They are a key factor for public safety and economic growth--now and in the future.
We can't stick our head in the sand and hope these problems will go away. We've got to address
this issue in a long-term, sustainable way that protects taxpayers, whether it be through a tax swap or some other mechanism that generates adequate funds so we can take care of our crumbling roads and bridges.
Source: 2019 Mississippi Governor campaign website BillWallerJr.com
, May 2, 2019
Fixing roads and bridges so far? A raindrop in a puddle
State Rep. Robert Foster and former Justice Bill Waller Jr. faced off in the first debate. Foster has painted himself as a "conservative outsider," sought to align himself with President Donald Trump on many issues.
Waller, meanwhile, has long avoided
partisan politics because of his time on the Mississippi Supreme Court. He left the court in January. He's sought to portray himself as a steady, more traditional Republican candidate. He's said he's not interested in courting Trump and has a better
chance of beating Democrat Jim Hood, the current attorney general, in the November election. Waller's late father served as governor from 1972 to 1976.
Despite their contrasting backgrounds, Foster and Waller came together on a number of issues.
Both agreed not enough has been done to fix the state's roads and bridges, with Waller saying a special legislative session to address the problem last summer had only been a "raindrop" in a problem the size of a "puddle."
Source: Clarion-Ledger on 2019 Mississippi gubernatorial race
, Apr 2, 2019
Tax swap to fund infrastructure
Infrastructure funding and education were other areas Waller said he'd focus on as governor. He called an infrastructure funding proposal approved in a 2018 special session inadequate and indicated interest in a tax swap
of some kind--perhaps an increased gas tax offset by an income tax reduction. "We need to be creative," he said.
Source: Tupelo Daily Journal on 2019 Mississippi governor's race
, Mar 12, 2019
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