Illiberal Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves suggested that he isn’t pleased with the notion that Jackson State could possibly fund a proposed football stadium using taxpayer dollars.
When asked Friday about a documented welfare money scandal involving retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre and former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant allegedly desiring to use $5 million in funds meant for poor and disenfranchised families to build a volleyball stadium at the University of Southern Mississippi, Reeves explained that federal or state monies shouldn’t fund such projects.
“I don’t know all the details how that came about,” Reeves said. “What I do know is that it seems like an expense I wouldn’t publicly support using TANF dollars. I don’t even like the state building stadiums with general tax dollars.
“I’m not real excited about Jackson State building a football stadium. At most of our universities, they build stadiums through donations of alumni.”
Asked about USM’s volleyball stadium in H’burg funded w/ $5M welfare funds, Tate said: “I’m not real excited about [HBCU] Jackson State building a football stadium.”
“This is not my first process of building a stadium, but it is a process to get everything that you need, but we want a stadium that best fits Jackson State University,” he said then. “We want a stadium that fits our alumni and supporters, and we want a stadium to make sure our fans have a great time.”