State of the State Address

Governor Phil Bryant encouraged support for law enforcement, education reform, and restoration during his State of the State Address this evening in Jackson.
News 25’s Kendra Turley takes us inside Capitol chambers.
Hundreds filled the Capitol chamber in Jackson, eager to hear Mississippi’s accomplishments and challenges during Governor Phil Bryant’s sixth State of the State Address. “The first and most important responsibility of any governor is public safety. And across our nation, law enforcement is under attack,” said Governor Bryant.
Bryant applauded the numerous pieces of legislation that shows support for law enforcement and a better education system. “Because of the work organizations like Jobs for Mississippi Graduates, which serves at-risk high school students, our graduation rate is over 80 percent which is the highest it has ever been.”
Other accomplishments for the state include the creation of more than 6,000 jobs and a significant decrease in unemployment. The number of Mississippians who are unemployed is the lowest it has been since February 2004, making Mississippi one of only nine states to experience a significant decrease in unemployment.
A stable budget remains a challenge for the upcoming fiscal year. “Following the law and setting aside two percent of available revenue and the rainy day fund will lessen the likelihood of mid-year spending cuts if revenues should come in under projections,” said Governor Bryant.
Governor Bryant also mentioned a request for a new and separate savings account that would house the remains from the initial BP oil spill settlement. “I still believe the funds should go where the worst damage occurred, our Gulf Coast. However, I think it would be wise to reserve those funds until appropriate projects and potential leveraging of other funds can be thoroughly considered.”
Bryant assured the state that despite recent hardships, the state of Mississippi is moving in the right direction.

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