Mississippi House Speaker Gunn's Ideas Tour will come to Picayune

For the third year in a row, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn will host a series of non-partisan town hall meetings around Mississippi for his MS Solutions—an Ideas Tour, according to a release from his office. Speaker Gunn will make various stops around the state during the week of September 22.

The tour, which Gunn says aims  to provide a local forum for citizens to share ideas they may have for improving Mississippi, won't make it to the Coast this year.

Its closest stop is Picayune, about 60 miles from Biloxi. Last year, the tour stopped in Pascagoula, where at a packed house there were several questions about Common Core and the Baseload Act, which cleared the way for Mississippi Power to finance the construction of its Kemper Power Plant through a rate increase before the plant was built.

“Through the years, people have shared their concerns and opinions regarding issues we all care about: jobs, health care, education,” said Speaker Gunn. “This year, I anticipate people again echoing those sentiments, but I do hope they will also present ideas as to how your elected officials should work toward solving those issues that matter the most to you.

“Mississippians have responded enthusiastically the last two years that we have held MS Solutions—An Ideas Tour. The meetings provide an outlet for us to hear from Mississippians all over the State. Not everyone has the opportunity to come to Jackson and meet with elected officials. So, we essentially bring the Legislature to the people.”

The schedule Monday, Sept. 22

8 a.m.— Ridgeland City Hall

11:30 a.m.— Pearl, Community Room, next door to City Hall  

Tuesday, Sept. 23

9 a.m. — Cleveland City Hall

1 p.m.—Senatobia, Haraway Center, NWCC Room 104

Wednesday, Sept. 24

 9 a.m.— Tupelo City Hall, City Council Chambers, Second Floor

1 p.m.—Louisville, Louisville City Hall

Thursday, Sept. 25

 9 a.m.—McComb, Golden Corral conference room

 1 p.m.—Picayune City Council Chambers