By The Associated Press:
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves discussed his policy priorities Tuesday during his State of the State address.
“Mississippi has weathered great storms in the last two years. We have bent but we did not break. We dug deep and we stood tall. We got through it all because we decided to get through it all together,” Reeves said. “That is why, after recession and pandemic and hurricanes and tornadoes, I can still stand before you tonight and declare, without reservation, and without qualification, that the state of our state is not only strong, but stronger than it has ever been.”
The Republican governor said he supports cutting taxes and giving a pay raise to teachers this legislative session.
“We all know that there are many who enjoy criticizing Mississippi. They trash our way of life, they trash our institutions, and they frequently deride our education. And at times in our past, they might have been at least a little bit right about our educational system. But Mississippi’s schools have made a major turnaround – in fact, a turnaround of historic proportions,” Reeves said. “When you look at the data, it looks like a miracle. But it is not a miracle. It is the product of dedication of our teachers, a result of the intelligence of our people, and conservative, common-sense reforms enacted by many of us here today. And most importantly, it is achievement that was earned by Mississippi students.”
Reeves also discussed infrastructure, crime and critical race theory.
“When we teach American children to fear one another because of their skin, we reverse the great trend towards achieving our American dream. The promise of America is replaced with a vicious lie: that you are doomed to failure or evil based on your race. We must stop this trend in its tracks, and we can do our part in Mississippi,” Reeves said.
The governor called on the State Board of Education to adopt “the values that combat critical race theory” in the curriculum. Reeves said Mississippi will strive for equality in and out of classrooms.
Governors usually give their State of the State speeches in the state House chamber. This was the third year in a row for Reeves to deliver the speech outside.