Reeves Vetos Money for Golf Courses and Other Projects | Mississippi News

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday he had vetoed spending on several projects, including more than $13 million to revive a golf course and create a walking trail. adventure at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park in Jackson.

He rescinded the proposals two weeks after other Republican officials, including Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and House Speaker Philip Gunn, attended an event to celebrate LeFleur’s Bluff improvement plans.

“I tried for a long time to get the state out of the golf course business,” Reeves said.

LeFleur’s Bluff is already home to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Children’s Museum, and the playground there was recently upgraded. The state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said a redesigned golf course and the Adventure Trail would make the area “one of the best urban parks in the nation.”

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Reeves said three public golf courses are within easy driving distance of LeFleur’s Bluff.

“Rather than pouring more money into what Jackson really needs, like more police, this credit is throwing millions at a golf course that has already failed,” he said.

Reeves vetoed $1 million for the Scenic Rivers Development Alliance for improvements including golf cart path repairs and course equipment upgrades at Quail Hollow Golf Course in County Pike.

The vetoes Reeves discussed on Thursday are a small slice of spending approved by lawmakers, which included a state budget of about $7 billion for the year that begins July 1 and about $1.5 billion that Mississippi received from the federal government for pandemic relief.

The other articles he vetoed were:

– $7.5 million in allocations that would go to private companies through the Mississippi Development Authority without the usual financial or economic impact analysis.

— $2 million for renovations to the Russell C. Davis Planetarium in downtown Jackson. The Jackson City Council this week rejected a proposal to borrow more money for the project, citing the need for the city to pay for water system upgrades.

— $1 million to build a parking lot at the Jackson Convention Complex.

— $1 million to the City of Pascagoula to help pay for city office renovations. Reeves said the state should not fund city and county office buildings.

— $500,000 to the city of Greenville for a green space next to the federal courthouse.

– $250,000 to the private Briarwood Pool in Jackson.

— $200,000 to the Summit Community Development Foundation for a fire hydrant project.

– $50,000 to Arise and Shine Inc. in Copiah County.

Because their session is over, the first opportunity for lawmakers to consider overriding vetoes would be during the next regular session in January or any special session the governor may call before then. Overriding a veto takes a two-thirds majority of the House and Senate, both of which are controlled by Republicans.

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Michael C. Ford