(Dupree) said he would host a retreat to find common ground so he could hit the ground running on those issues after his inauguration in January.
“I want to start off fast…,” he said. “I only have four years.”
But DuPree expressed confidence Tuesday that he could pull a major upset. He said, like all elections, it will depend on which candidate gets his supporters to the polls on Nov. 8.
As for priorities once he’s elected, DuPree said, “What is important to me is education, early childhood development,” DuPree said. “…You have to start a child’s life off in the right direction. Too many times kids are not ready for K-5.”
DuPree added, “the start (of the educational process) will affect the end.”
He said he believes federal funds are available to provide incentives to private day care providers to enhance their curriculum to get children prepared to learn. He said legislators, seeing the results, would be more willing to provide state funds to further improve early childhood education.
DuPree said he would continue to recruit major manufacturers, but wanted “to look more toward small business development.”
As governor, DuPree said he would veto any legislation that reduces retirement benefits for current government workers or retirees. Outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour has formed a commission to recommend changes to the system, which according to industry standards, is currently underfunded. DuPree also said he would look for ways to maintain the system as it is for future government employees.
“State employees don’t get paid great salaries,” DuPree said. “The one thing we have is a great retirement system.”
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