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NEW ORLEANS—Philip Gunn says he is trying to move more of his state’s citizens from dependency on government “freebies” to self-sufficiency and a lighter tax burden.
As speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives for six years, and the first Republican since 1876 to hold the job, the lawyer is in a good position to do that.
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“[We’re] trying to get away from government dependency, giving away freebies,” Gunn told The Daily Signal in an interview during the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, an organization of state lawmakers and private-sector leaders that seeks to implement conservative policies.
“It’s a long, hard haul,” he said. “There’s been a lot of bad practices that have been implemented over decades. It’s hard to change that overnight in Mississippi. The Democrats have been in control for 136 years before Republicans, seven years ago, finally gained the majority in the House of Representatives.”
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Gunn said the overhaul of the federal tax code passed late last year by congressional Republicans is an inspiration for his state.
Signed into law by President Donald Trump, the tax reform package sought to spur economic growth by reducing the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent and repealing the corporate alternative minimum tax.
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“We obviously agree that tax cuts, tax reform is needed,” Gunn said in the interview, adding:
We’re trying to put more money back into the pockets of the taxpayers. We think they can spend their money more wisely than government can [and we want to] make sure that we’re efficient with the revenues that we have, and that we don’t take in more money than we have to have.
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Gunn, first elected to the Mississippi House in 2003, was elected speaker in 2012.
Mississippi has one of the nation’s highest rates of poverty and the lowest median household income, at...
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