I met with Senator Gresham, and I met with Senator Kelsey, hoping we could come to some compromise. I think Senator Gresham would have gone with just the governor's plan and that's it. But Senator Kelsey seemed to be bound and determined.
Honestly, I disagree with that. I think something's better than nothing. Sometimes, the search of perfection stands in the way of good. At least we should have had good and moved forward some. But I left it up to the committee and that's where we ended up. After the negotiation went back and forth, the governor said, we'll just come back and do this next year.
Kelsey, a rich white kid from Germantown who thinks he knows what's best for poor black children in this state, now says he'll try to find another bill to amend to press for his own version of vouchers. But Ramsey said he'll quash that idea.
"I would discourage that highly," the speaker said. "This is something that needs to go through the committee. That's why we have a committee system. This is too big an issue to hijack a bill on the Senate floor."
At least we don't have to worry anymore this session about giving vouchers to Muslim kids.