Governor Tate Reeves delivers State of the State Address

Governor Tate Reeves, along with other state officials, gathered today at the capital to give the State of the State address.

Following a very busy year for Mississippi, Governor Reeves addressed the state on the success he and his team have accomplished.

He also speaks on what we as a state need to accomplish to continue the growth of Mississippi.

Governor Tate Reeves took the podium today in Jackson to give the State of the State Address to Mississippians.

Governor Reeves began saying he measures success in three ways: the wages of our workers, the success of our students, and winning the war on our values.

The first points of success is the per capita personal income increase in Mississippi of approximately $7,000, or 18 percent, since 2019. He then talked about the budget surplus increasing to $4 billion as well as $6 billion in new capital investment in 2022. “Our conservative reforms and sound budget management have laid the foundation for this economic boom. It’s the policies of yesterday that have paved the pathway to today’s prosperity.”

He then addressed the successes in the classrooms, including the state hitting an all-time high school graduation rate for the third time since he was elected governor. Reeves also points out that the state’s fourth grade math rates are now 23rd in the nation compared to dead last in 2012.”Mississippi insisted on getting kids back into school when other blue states stayed closed, and now we have the best education numbers in our state’s history!”

Finally, the governor talks about the need to increase parents’ voices across the state, especially in the classroom. He’s working to pass a parents’ bill of rights this upcoming session that will reaffirm that in Mississippi it is the state who answers to parents and not vice versa. “There is no room in our schools for policies that attempt to undercut parents and require the usage of pronouns or names that fail to correspond with reality.”

Mississippi Public Service Member Brandon Presley responded to the address by saying Governor Reeves is not a leader for Mississippi and that the state is moving in the wrong direction.

He addresses the dozens of hospitals across the state already closed or near the brink of closing. He also states that Mississippi is near the bottom of the country in economic growth as well as one of the only three states that have seen a decrease in population over the years. “We’re going to make sure folks from Walnut on the Tennessee line to Waveland on the Gulf Coast can walk with pride because they have a job and they have hope for their children’s future.”

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