Phil Bryant in 2019 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Gun Control: Protect schools from violence with active shooter drills

Unfortunately, a problem exists in our schools today that threatens children of all ages. It has become commonly known as the active shooter. To help protect our students and those who teach them, I will ask you to pass a comprehensive plan to keep our school children safe. The recommendations come from a year-long study for effective results. If you will pass and fund the Mississippi Safe School Act, our parents, teachers and administrators will be allowed to care for our children in a safe and protected environment.

Analysis by Mississippi Today, Jan. 31:House Bill 1283 requires active shooter drills in addition to fire drills and emergency drills which already occur. This legislation follows last year's bill, also called the Mississippi School Safety Act, that would have allowed teachers to carry guns in the classroom after specialized training--it died in the House.

Source: 2019 State of the State on Mississippi voting record HB1283 Jan 31, 2019

On Education: Teachers deserve first pay raise since 2014

No one throughout our state's history has sacrificed more to better the lives of Mississippi children than our teachers. Our gratitude to these classroom heroes and the essential value of public education are why we passed a $100 million teacher pay raise in 2014 and why I now call on the members of this body to join me in giving teachers their second pay raise in five years. Send me a bill to authorize a pay raise for these most critical guardians of Mississippi's future, and I will sign it.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Mississippi legislature Jan 15, 2019

On Families & Children: Pro-active on needs of foster children

Three years ago, you joined me in seeing the need to establish Child Protection Services as its own agency, accountable directly to the governor. For those families who are reunited, CPS is working in proactive ways to better assist them, such as developing new methods to help parents released from incarceration better support their children. Perhaps the most incredible success has occurred with adopted families. The number of adoptions has more than doubled in just one year.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Mississippi legislature Jan 15, 2019

On Free Trade: Mississippi is part of global market, from Tel Aviv to Tokyo

I have assured presidents and prime ministers and chief executive officers that Mississippi works and they have listened. From Tel Aviv to Tokyo, we have traveled the globe seeking investment in Mississippi, and our efforts are paying dividends. More than 155 international corporations now have a presence in our state. Our exports have increased by more than 259 percent in the last decade, and over the last several years we have shown world leaders that Mississippi is more than just a river
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Mississippi legislature Jan 15, 2019

On Jobs: Apprenticeship program boosts economy

Our success in growing the economy is demanding that our focus on workforce be sharpened like never before. Workforce development must be and has now become our highest priority. Our plan utilizes every community college as a Workforce Center of Excellence. Apprenticeship programs couple students with private companies to help them launch careers in targeted industries in their communities. These young workers have more opportunity than ever before now.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Mississippi legislature Jan 15, 2019

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