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Hewes unveils game plan; says opponent won't debate

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It's a vision for the state laid out in ten pages Wednesday morning at the state capitol.

"I share my game plan with you, my game plan for the rest of the State of Mississippi," said Billy Hewes, (R) Lieutenant Governor candidate.

As part of the game plan; if elected, Hewes aims to eliminate the state's inventory tax, reform education and transparency and push legislation which would require drug testing for anyone receiving public assistance, beginning with welfare and unemployment recipients.

"If people are to apply for benefits paid for by taxpayer dollars then they should be subject to drug testing as a condition of receiving those funds," Hewes said.

As Hewes lays out his game plan; which he says could save millions of taxpayer dollars, a more political game plan is being played out in television ads as Hewes and his opponent Tate Reeves continue to criticize each other.

"I've been calling out inconsistencies for a long time," Hewes said.

Hewes says Reeves is hiding behind the ads and not giving voters a chance to see and hear what's really at stake.

"My opponent won't debate me, no debate Tate, he's not showing up," Hewes said. "If my opponent would debate me, we could get a lot of these questions answered, but we've seen nothing but costly responses from them, but no answers yet, they're talking about anything but issues."

The Reeves Campaign says that's simply not true and released a statement in response.  

"Tate Reeves has been running his campaign on issues since he announced in February. Hewes has been worried about what Reeves is doing, where he is and lying about his reputation as treasurer," said Justin Brasell, Reeves' campaign manager.

Meanwhile; with game plan in hand, Hewes says his 20 years of experience in the legislature offers an advantage to the challenges, like redistricting, which will greet lawmakers when they return to the Capitol, but who returns will be up to voters.

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