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Updated: 10/08/2013 5:25 pm
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn is in the middle of his second annual Mississippi Solutions: An Ideas Tour.

On Tuesday morning Gunn made a stop in Oxford.

The republican from Clinton says the town hall style meetings are a way for him and local lawmakers to hear the concerns of voters.

Gunn said, "Not everybody can drive to Jackson, Mississippi, to voice their concerns and talk about their issues. This gives everybody an opportunity to come and meet with their legislator."

Gunn is hearing from local-elected officials to everyday residents, and the issues are far reaching.

From the open carry law to education funding to political stances on the government shutdown, these voters have a lot on their minds.

Chris Aloia of Oxford said, "Because this is mainly a conservative area and the speaker is republican, I'm curious to see if they're going to spread more disinformation about the government shutdown."

David McDowell of Oxford said, "I understand the need for change in our education process, but Lafayette County does it right a lot of the time. I think charter schools coming in could really shake things up in a negative way for our public schools."

After Gunn's Oxford meeting he had plans to travel to Corinth and Starkville.

By the end of the week Gunn will have traveled to all four corners of the state.

Gunn says he will take these ideas back to Jackson as the 2014 legislative session approaches.

One issue he says he hears from voters is more accountability in government programs.

Gunn said, "We've made a more concerted effort to look at our spending. We're making sure to invest dollars that are getting good returns. There's really going to be a focus on what we do this coming legislative session."

Gunn says some of what he hears on this tour may end up on the legislature's agenda as well.
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