Governor Tate Reeves delivers State of the State Address

Governor Tate Reeves, along with other state officials, gathered in the capital today to deliver the state’s speech.

After a very busy year for Mississippi, Gov. Reeves spoke to the state about the success he and his team have achieved.

He also talks about what we need to accomplish as a state to continue Mississippi’s growth.

Gov. Tate Reeves took the podium today in Jackson to deliver the State of the State address to Mississippi citizens.

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

The first points of success are the increase in Mississippi’s per capita personal income by about $7,000, or 18 percent, since 2019. Then he talked about the budget surplus increasing to $4 billion, as well as over $6 billion in new ones Capital investments in 2022. “Our Conservative Reforms and sound financial management have laid the foundation for this economic recovery. It is yesterday’s politics that paved the way to today’s prosperity.”

He then addressed the achievements in the classrooms, including the state achieving an all-time high school graduation rate for the third time since being elected governor. Reeves also points out that the state’s fourth-grade math ratings are now 23approx in the nation compared to the last death in 2012. “Mississippi insisted on getting kids back to school when other blue states remained closed, and now we have the best literacy numbers in our state’s history!”

Finally, the governor speaks about the need to amplify parental voices across the state, especially in the classroom. He is working to pass a parenting bill at this upcoming session that will reaffirm that in Mississippi, it is the state that answers to parents, not the other way around. “There is no place in our schools for policies that seek to undermine parents and require the use of pronouns or names that do not reflect reality.”

Mississippi Civil Service member Brandon Presley responded to the address by saying that 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 that are already closed or about to close. He also notes that Mississippi is at the bottom end of the country in terms of economic growth and is one of only three states to have seen population declines over the years. “We’re going to make sure that from Walnut on the Tennessee Line to Waveland on the Gulf Coast, people can walk with pride because they have jobs and hope for their children’s futures.”

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