BY PAT BROWN
Last week while visiting in Simpson County, Robert Foster, gubernatorial candidate, stopped in at office for a visit.
Foster has decided to offer himself up as a candidate for Mississippi’s highest office, Governor.
Foster has served in the Mississippi Legislature but felt as though it is time to make a difference so he has decided to run. He did not make the decision lightly, he said he and his family prayed about it and became clear to him that he should offer himself up for office.
Foster is 35 and has two children and owns and operates a family farm in Desoto County.
Foster hopes to earn funds through donations from people across the state. He allowed that if you have an excess of funds like Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves that you are beholding to people and there is no way that you can accumulate over $6 million and not be obligated to special interests.
Foster’s platform is based on three different planks, Healthcare Reform, Taxes and Education.
Regarding taxes Foster favors a user tax opposed to other forms of taxation. He said this is the fairest tax there is based on those who use taxed items pay a larger fee based on volume.
Regarding education Foster is of the opinion we have the system all wrong and it needs to be refocused. He promotes the idea of developing vocational programs and having children identify there abilities and skills and work toward that opposed to the typical college route where they may or may not use subjects they have been taught.
Healthcare Foster feels is a program that needs to be totally re-worked. He favors expansion of Medicaid so as to qualify more residents for health insurance who otherwise could not afford it. He said the state is missing out on a nine to one refund amount from the Federal Government.
Foster was in Simpson County for a visit with the Conservative Men of Simpson County. He was invited as a guest speaker following and interview with the newspaper.