Eaves criticized Barbour’s push to review the state’s tax system to determine what reforms are needed. Instead of studying taxes, Eaves said, the governor should have pushed for a tobacco tax increasegrocery tax cut. Barbour has instead blocked legislative efforts for such a tax swap.
“Everybody has to eat,” Eaves said. “We have a lot of seniors on fixed incomes struggling to make ends meet and they’re the ones that really needed this grocery tax-tobacco tax swap. (Barbour) used to represent the big tobacco companies . . . and if not for that, we may have gotten the grocery tax relief, which Mississippians need.”
Eaves, who said “all good things come from prayer,” wants voluntary and student-led prayers in the state’s public schools. His plan is to set aside 10 minutes before morning roll calls in classrooms for prayer.