JACKSON, MS (WLOX/WLBT) - Governor Phil Bryant delivered his final State of the State address at the State Capitol Tuesday night. Bryant used the opportunity to talk about the state’s success, reflect on certain themes, and challenging lawmakers.
The governor told WLBT News that Mississippi has the lowest unemployment numbers and the highest graduation rates in the history of the state.
In his speech, Bryant hit on a number of topics. One of the biggest ones was what he described as a failing education system in our state. But he emphasized that it is not because of the teachers.
"We’re gonna talk about a $50 million teacher pay raise to keep our best and brightest teachers there in the classroom," Governor Bryant said.
The National Education Association rates Mississippi among the states with the lowest teacher salary about $40,000.
The governor thanked lawmakers for passing the Mississippi Modernization Act.
“That will put a billion dollars into our infrastructure,” Bryant said of the MMA. “So as always a very positive message and some challenges as I leave this office.”
Tonight’s address was Bryant’s last as governor, as he wraps up his second term in office. Other topics he addressed were the state’s unemployment numbers and criminal justice reform.
A recorded version of the address can be watched below.
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