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Week of January 10, 2022


By Representative Price Wallace


This is the second week of the 2022 Legislative Session.  Even though it is early in the session, two monumental pieces of legislation were passed out of committee and were debated on the House floor.

House Bill 530, or the Strategically Accelerating the Recruitment and Retention of Teachers (START) Act of 2022, was introduced to the House on Wednesday.  The START Act would raise the average starting salary of a Mississippi teacher to $43,000 – a $6,000 increase.  This would make the average starting salary of teachers higher than both the national and southeastern averages.  It would also give every teacher a pay raise between $4,000 and $6,000, effective at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, and give teacher’s assistants a salary bump of $2,000.  The bill passed with a bipartisan vote of 114-6, and it has been sent to the Senate for consideration.

The Mississippi Tax Freedom Act of 2022 (House Bill 531) was also introduced on Wednesday.  It is similar to last year’s proposal but has some key differences.  The bill would eliminate the state income tax, becoming the tenth state in the United States to do so.  It would also raise sales tax from 7% to 8.5%, lower grocery tax from 7% to 4%, and cut car tag prices by 50%.  HB 531 passed by a vote of 97-12.

The deadline for the introduction of general bills and constitutional amendments is Monday, January 17, so many committees are waiting until all bills are filed to hold meetings.  Floor action will pick up next week as bills are brought out of committee.  Bills must be passed out of committee before they are considered by the House. is an online news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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