Phil Bryant in 2014 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Drugs: Drug courts work; fully fund them

I have long been an advocate of drug courts, and I hope you will follow the guidance in my budget and fully fund this effort. These courts work. They provide a valuable service that helps get Mississippians on the right path again.

To combat pockets of serious crime in our state, I have asked you to fund a violent crime strike force composed of state, local and federal law enforcement officers. These elite forces will respond to a specific high-crime area and hit gangs and drug dealers where they live.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Mississippi legislature Jan 22, 2014

On Families & Children: Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi: 2-parent families

[One of our] objectives for success should be for every Mississippian to be born into a mature, two-parent family. Our Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi program has conducted community meetings and seminars all across the state. We have involved schools, churches, families, health care professionals and, most importantly, teens, in community discussions regarding decision-making and healthy behavior.

We have started making a difference. According to the annual report of the Mississippi State Department of Health, our state's teen pregnancy rate declined by 10.3% in 2012.

I believe we have also done an admirable job in protecting our children, both born and unborn. By strengthening the Child Protection Act and by requiring that abortionists obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals, we are protecting women's health. But let me be clear, on this unfortunate anniversary of Roe versus Wade, my goal is to end abortion in Mississippi.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Mississippi legislature Jan 22, 2014

On Homeland Security: Veterans treatment courts: 2nd chance for convicted vets

As a former deputy sheriff and as a state auditor, I have helped put many criminals behind bars and had no regrets about doing so when necessary. Our family has experienced a violent crime that resulted in the loss of a loved one. I have attended funerals and memorials of slain officers and witnessed firsthand the pain of those mothers and wives. I have no sympathy for violent or career criminals, and I believe that any modification to the correctional system should put the victim first.

I plan to ask for the creation of veterans treatment courts to aid our service men and women who have made mistakes and want to get back on track. I believe we owe our veterans this special attention because they, more than most, have earned a second chance from their country.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Mississippi legislature Jan 22, 2014

On Local Issues: Year of the Creative Economy: a Mississippi Homecoming

Let me remind you that 2014 has been designated as the Year of the Creative Economy, a Mississippi Homecoming. This year we will focus on that segment of the economy, which provides some 60,000 jobs and generates an enormous economic impact in our state.

2014 will see hundreds of creative events from concerts to plays to movie premiers all across Mississippi. We are asking Mississippi artists who have moved away to come home for one special event to share their talents live with their fellow Mississippians. We aim to show the world that Mississippi is the birthplace of America's music, but we also cook and write and act and paint and dance and direct. This will bring thousands of visitors to Mississippi. Let us have a homecoming and invite the world.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Mississippi legislature Jan 22, 2014

On Principles & Values: Four fundamental beliefs guide our plan for the future

We understand that a vision without action is just an illusion, so we set about with four fundamental beliefs guiding our plan for the future.
  1. We believe every Mississippian should have the opportunity to be gainfully employed right here at home;
  2. Every Mississippian must have the opportunity to learn from the best educational system we can offer;
  3. We believe that every Mississippian deserves to be born into a mature, two-parent family;
  4. We believe that every Mississippian should be certain that his or her tax dollars are put to proper use. I believe that these four goals achieved together will create a Mississippi of limitless opportunity. Let us see how the plan has worked thus far.
    Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Mississippi legislature Jan 22, 2014

    On Principles & Values: Add 'In God We Trust' to Mississippi State Seal

    I continue to believe this is the right time to stand for our beliefs--our faith, our families, and our nation. To strengthen our resolve, I have asked that we take a bold step for God and country. I have called for legislation that would change the wording on the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi to reflect our nation's motto. With your help, the seal of the State of Mississippi will, from this session forward, reflect the simple yet profound words 'In God We Trust'.
    Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Mississippi legislature Jan 22, 2014

    On Technology: Diabetes Telehealth Initiative for complex coordinated care

    I am very pleased to announce a revolutionary health care effort tonight. Through a partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center, , GE Healthcare, North Sunflower Medical Center, and C Spire, we are launching the Mississippi Diabetes Telehealth Initiative. This groundbreaking pilot program will use telehealth technology to pair resources from the University Medical Center with health care providers and 200 of the most complex diabetes patients in the Mississippi Delta. This coordinated care approach will improve disease management and health outcomes for generations to come.
    Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Mississippi legislature Jan 22, 2014

    On Welfare & Poverty: Focus on jobs for those who need public assistance

    A Mississippian with a job is less likely to need public assistance, is more likely to contribute taxes to the state treasury, is a strong example of responsibility to his or her children and is more likely to vote, to participate in the community and to avoid crime. Each day as Governor, I make it my job to ensure more Mississippians have a job of their own.

    Soon, with the assistance of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, the State Workforce Investment Board, and the state longitudinal data system, we will unveil a state-of-the-art system matching job seekers with employers. The system, along with its app, will be unlike any other in the nation. It will put job seekers and employers a click away from success. Finding a job or a qualified employee in Mississippi will be easier and more effective than ever. The Mississippi Works web site will add this important feature very soon. I will just say, stand by to be amazed. And I assure you, this website works.

    Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Mississippi legislature Jan 22, 2014

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