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very far away from that formal kind of address, that george washington would have given or, many of his successors. >> this weekend on american history tv on cspan 3. >> mississippi governor phil bryant giving his last state address last week. preventing republicans from running in november. in his remarks governor bryant touting gains and education and unemployment during his eight years in office. this is 40 minutes. >> thank you mister lieutenant governor. as always i appreciate your introduction. more importantly i am thankful for your support and friendship over these last seven years.>> you have and continue to be exceptional leaders, i can only hope now, history will properly
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record your collective achievements, in mississippi, members of each chamber will join me, in thanking you for your dedication and service.>> [ applause ] >> for the past seven years, another leader sat on this stage, and adorned one speech after another a leader that exemplifies what it means to work not in the in ambition or conceit, but, service. in the many days between each of these annual addresses, she has gone about her remarkable work being mississippi's first lady. helping the children of a blair, finding a forever home. reading to students in each and
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every county in the state and impressing them all, -- embracing them all, welcoming to a mansion while the recovery of erosion and decay. >> helping storm victims and survivors, helping rebuild homes, many responsibilities falling upon her heart seven years ago. she has accepted them all with grace and the loving spirit of one who knows her christian duty to treat each person that she meets with dignity, and, grace endowed on them by their creator. a heart of love. she has been a caring mother and now a joyous grandmother, and for 42 years i have had the honor and privilege of having her as my first lady. so very thankful for all that she has done for mississippi,
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ladies and gentlemen, the first lady of mississippi, deborah brian. >> [ applause ] >> i think i almost got her without one. seven years ago i stood before the joint session, strained optimism for the state. i propose that night that we set aside our petty political difference and work for the government. all people for mississippi. in doing so i believe we could then dedicate ourselves to the proposition that we failed separately, but collectively we can accomplish great things. i propose that night, we all rise together.
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tonight, more than just a hopeful phrase or a wishful possibility. i assure you not simply for effect, but for purpose. purposefully calling on each of you, and indeed, all people from mississippi, to join his administration, not merely for another term in office, but for an amazing journey. one that we would see dramatic improvements in the lives of mississippi and the national status of our beloved state among those in this republic. question of the ages from mississippi, has been and must continue to be, ever simple, but profound. we hear this in our view, possibly rising together. in a land woven within the depths of tremendous suffering and sorrow, we propel to soaring heights, on the world
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great writers and musicians. in a path to a new tomorrow, the tomorrow that forever cast aside our failure and self- doubt, and to achieve greatness. tonight allow me to show you how we are truly becoming the great state of mississippi. first we have embraced the idea that affected publication is the most certain way to collective and universal improvement, and the lives of all mississippians. for every single year before
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our work began in 2012, children of this day have suffered from an all too often failing educational system. now let me be clear. our schools do not fall or falter from a lack of teacher dedication. no one throughout our state's history has sacrificed more to better the lives of mississippi's children that are teachers. that includes, i would suggest all of the officials who have served in either the house or the senate. or the governor's office. of all the educational reforms proposed by politicians, none have done who is more than the teachers. they have been there in the classroom. often challenged and
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overwhelmed by circumstances beyond their control. teaching and still inspiring. leading children to rise together. our gratitude to the classroom heroes, and while we passed $100 million teacher pay raise in 2014. what i call on the members of this body to join me in giving teachers a second pay raise in five years. send me a bill to authorize a pay raise for those most critical guardians of mississippi's future and i will sign it. at the beginning of this administration we knew equipping teachers with outstanding training would create historic results. for many students.
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that is why we have supported teachers to achieve national board certification. we now have nearly 4200 national board certified teachers who can earn an additional $6000 per year. as a result of this certification. our support has placed mississippi fourth in the nation for the number of national board certified teachers. i'm proud of the exceptional work of mississippi students. for far too long many people assumed our students were not destined for success. that they could not or would not achieve. we knew better. we understood the in a ability of all children to learn and grow. and unlock their own potential if only given the opportunity.
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we also new literacy to be the foundation of success. that is why we work so hard together to pass the literacy based promotion act in 2013. the bill was basic but revolutionary. it required reading proficiency by the third grade in order to ensure the opportunity for continued success. an achievement in the classroom and find beyond the schoolhouse door. my fellow mississippians the number show us the policy is working, and to great affect. in 2011 only 54 percent of mississippi third-graders were reading with proficiency. with the implementation of the third grade literacy policy we have dramatically improved students opportunity. does the future of our state, in the last testing cycle 93 percent of mississippi's third- graders were reading with proficiency.
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i believe that time and results will record your passage of this act. as a single most accessible reform to public education and mississippi's history. for the testament to the effectiveness of this policy is displayed by mississippi's third and fourth grade students who are now performing so well we are second in the nation for reading improvements. our older students are also improving their performance and are becoming better prepared to enter the workforce and further their education. as national chairman, not just mississippi but an entire nation
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struggling with high school dropout rates. when we first met here in 2012 our graduation rate was 75 percent. today 83 percent of our high school students are graduating. the highest number in mississippi's history. moreover, our work and education hasn't been limited through k-12 classrooms. early childhood learning and mississippi is becoming a national model. the majority of children across the state are in childcare. and for far too long there was little improvement in educating our youngest children. each year mississippi spent $90 million on federally funded day care to all too often simply house these children. the absence of any learning component, and most of these children centers, especially in low income communities was unacceptable.
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following the passage of the early learning collaborative act in 2013, we put the state childhood advisory council to work. we implemented high quality standards for early education. we expanded on the groundwork of mississippi's building blocks. we began to instruct childcare workers on a basic curriculum that was compatible with early childhood learning programs across the state. today community colleges throughout mississippi are teaching childcare workers at no cost to the centers. a curriculum that was designed to support the skills young children need when entering kindergarten. this concept will ensure children begin to learn very early in life. their capacity to process information is at extreme. we realize children learn early and retain those lessons and skills throughout their lives. mississippi's youngest students will be better prepared for school, or successful careers by learning the soft skills. necessary for any vocation.
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mississippi's workforce of tomorrow is in daycare today. together we can help them become the best in america. by 2015 mississippi was going a step further in helping to restore and support the entire family. implementing a holistic system to provide more than just early learning. we interviewed parents of children and publicly funded day care programs in order to match families with other needed services like medicaid. and the children's health insurance program. we began to offer additional education and workforce training opportunities for their parents. this families first platform has become a model of success for thousands of mississippians.
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and one that is being emulated all across america. there is little doubt. our educational system is far better than it has ever been. and headed in the right direction. a more robust system of education opportunities for all mississippi children. including public charter schools. advanced distance-learning and now even a special needs scholarship program serving the most vulnerable of our children. i want to thank you for making that possible. and challenge each member of this body to continue to support policy that will help keep our children rising together. unfortunately, a problem exists in our schools today that threatens children of all ages. it has become commonly known as the active shooter.
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our schools, which once were a haven of security have become a place of potential violence. and to help protect our students and those who teach them, i will ask you to pass a comprehensive plan to keep our schoolchildren safe. the recommendations come from a year-long study for effective results. if you will pass and fund a mississippi safe school actor parents and teachers and administrators will be allowed to care for our children in a safe and protected environment. since 2012 when this administration began thousands of mississippi high school graduates have begun college and left without completing their degrees. the challenges of life, the
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higher education before receiving their diploma. in 2017 with the help of our community colleges and universities we lost complete to compete. this innovative program encourages students to return to higher education and complete their college degrees. that's far more than 13,000 former students have responded and almost 1600 have returned to college to complete what they started. one of many completers, a husband and a father of three. who took up the call and has earned his bachelors of science degree from mississippi state university. he is the director of transportation for starkville tip-off high school district. please help me welcome mr. calvin gibson.
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>> of course the ultimate goal of these education reforms, nurture prosperity and generations of young mississippians. a wise man once said the best social program is a job. simple dignity of work is transformational. i have long proposed a good job for all mississippians would become a signpost to success. for that reason we have assisted the private sector in creating more jobs in a shorter period of time than any time in our state's history. in january 2012 the unemployment rate was 9.4 percent. in 2017 we broke a record by dropping below five percent to the lowest unemployment number ever recorded today.
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it is 4.7 percent. better news is that unemployment has been at or below 4.8 percent for 12 months in a row. real media household income has risen by 8.4 percent since 2011. just in case you are not tired of winning yet, we have 80,000 more mississippians working today, then the day i took office. our success in growing the economy is demanding that our focus on workforce be sharp as never before. workforce development must be and now has become a highest priority.
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doctor lori smith who has spearheaded most of the early learning innovations in our state has now along with doctor andrea mayfield, executive director of our community college board begin to transform our workforce development effort. under their latest yet mississippi was first in the nation to have a workforce innovation. our plan utilizes every community college as a workforce center of excellence. a printer ship program, a couple students with private companies that help them launch careers and targeted industries in their communities. these partnerships are keeping mississippi's industries like aerospace. medicine and ship building strong. younger workers are growing. and in living the american dream right here in their own
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backyard. these young workers have more opportunity than ever before. today in mississippi we have over 44,000 job openings just waiting to be filled. the opportunities created by are economic developers in mississippi are impossible to describe. and the limited amount of time i have with you tonight. the work of the mississippi development authority with your help and support has been nothing short of unprecedented. in the past seven years your nba team has competed with the nation and the world and more often than not we have one. your support and job creation and business expansion has been fruitful. and has a clear and definable return on investment.
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in the past seven years nba has helped create 35,000 new jobs and attracted more than $7 billion in private investment to mississippi. ladies and gentlemen help me think the architect of mississippi's marketing and recruitment success. the executive director of the mississippi development authority mr. glenn macola. thank you for your hard work. once again the constraints of time will not allow me to provide the extensive list of companies and corporations that have chosen mississippi as their home of the number of local companies that have expanded. however, please allow me to remind you of some of the most recent. as we gather here tonight corporations continue to construct the largest plant in their universe right here and
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hinds county. this plant will employ 2500 mississippians with the corporate investment of $1.45 billion. as you know by now, amazon will open its new good fulfillment center in marshall county an employee 815 mississippians. this innovative company has changed the way the world shops. and its fulfillment center could've gone anywhere in america. i am proud to say amazon chose mississippi. tonight we have with us from the gallery amazon's manager of economic development. please welcome with me mr. will gelder.
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chief executive officers that mississippi works, and they have listened. from tel aviv to tokyo we have traveled the globe seeking investment in mississippi. are investments 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 all the world leaders that mississippi is more than just a river. the result of these missions,
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and build international relationships allowing mississippi to be part of the global market. with your support we have shown the entire world, and in fact and indeed mississippi works. from the outset this administration identified the health care for the well-being of mississippians as well as our economy. our effort to identify healthcare is an economic driver continues. understanding that access must be the beginning of any good health care plan. embracing the fact that a doctor generates a $2 million economic impact to the community , we endeavor to increase the number of physicians in our state. that's why we put $12 million into primary care and the most medically underserved areas in our state. this has placed 33 practicing
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physicians in rural mississippi. that number will nearly double by 2020. five 2013 the need for an updated expanded medical school was obvious. with your help, the university of mississippi medical center opened a new state of the art medical school. increasing each graduating class to 165 physicians. this expanded campus anchors a growing medical quarter. it is my hope that medical innovations within the corridor will continue to flourish now and for generations to come. in the piney woods of harrison county and another a medical emergency. a new pharmacy school
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and a community college of nursing and simulation center. the presence of the national obesity and diabetes research center in partnership with a cleveland clinic is also a testament to our collective determination. in making mississippi's own medical city. the visionary who has invested much of his personal and corporate achievement. this growing medical city, is with us tonight. his father was a biloxi physician. he has returned to help build this medical miracle in harrison county. please welcome with me one of america's great entrepreneurs. mr. joe kennedy arrow. joe thank you for what you are doing.
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as i reflect where we have dedicated our time and resources i am happy to remind mississippians our state is better than we could've ever have imagined. state revenues are reflective of an economy that is gaining and expanding. adhering to conservative budget principles, we reserve nearly $350 million in our rainy day savings. revenue collections have already exceeded estimates by $90 million. and corporate income tax is outperforming here today estimates by over 16 percent. you will also be encouraged to know we have dramatically cut the cost of government by reducing the number of state
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employees in the last seven years by nearly 5000. the effort has resulted in a savings of more than $64 million to the taxpayers of the state of mississippi. 2018 special legislation session was the most successful in modern history. a state investment of more than $1 billion over the next five years. improvements around the state. a $30 million grant from the u.s. department of transportation will help complete previously unfunded projects in shelby county. thanks to your actions. $50 million appropriated for local bridge repair is available to counties across the state. this legislature has given them what they need to replace and repair bridges today. and has established a funding mechanism to do so into
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tomorrow. i am proud to announce tonight along with our other 14 -- the mississippi state port is finally complete. this $570 million recovery project is the largest and most complex recovery challenge remaining from the devastation of hurricane katrina. and it is now open for business. last year marked the 200th year of statehood in this great nation. we celebrated with local festivities and hundreds of events. also with the profoundly important opening of the mississippi civil rights
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museum. and the museum of mississippi history. then these buildings lie the story of our states rich and at times dark history. there for all of us to examine with clear eyes and hearts turned full of hope. towards the future. already more than 250,000 have come to see and learn the true story of mississippi. our creativity. our strength. our sorrows, and our joy. our richness and our perseverance. they are all there for the world to see. on this occasion mississippi would tell our own story. the young lady who has been the driving force behind these outstanding achievements is with us tonight. she has been a tireless advocate for the two museums.
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her passion for preservation and for mississippi has set her apart. we are so very grateful for her efforts. ladies and gentlemen the executive director of the mississippi department of archives and history miss katie blunt. mississippi has recognized the world, the birthplace of america's museum. from the grand museum to the max and meridian we showcase the rich history of art. and music in mississippi. in 2014 we celebrated that year- long recognition of our artists. again by the clearing of the year of the creative economy. the birthplace of the king of rock 'n roll. the final resting place, the king of the blues. we place our marker at the center point of america's music. your dedication to the arts and
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entertainment mississippi helped draw more than 24 million visitors and brought in more than $6.5 billion in the last year alone. 7 years of work and dedication. our work is far from finished. one of those pressing tasks is caring for mississippi's children in the foster care system. we can and must do more to support the foster children of this state by providing the necessary funding to the mississippi department of child protection services, and ending the illegal action against the state of mississippi once and for all. three years ago you joined me in seeing the need to establish
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child protection services as its own agency. this move has allowed dps to focus on a single mission. providing foster children with safe nurturing care. by either working to reunite them with their families or placing them in a loving forever family for adoption. i can report to you tonight that cps is making great progress. 6100 mississippi children were in the foster system. today that number is fewer than 4900 all thanks to the improved efficiency of the adoption process and the tireless work to healing uniting families. we have much more work to do. what a difference for these 1200 children to be safe at a home weather with their parents
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or relatives or with their adopted families. for those families who are reunited, cps is working in a proactive way to better assist them. perhaps the most incredible success has occurred with adoptive families. the number of adopted families has more than doubled in just one year. they work closely with the mississippi department of human services. this year child protection and support collection are higher than they have ever been. more than $370 million and $11 million increase over last year. by privatizing this critical
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service in 2016 we have assured those who owed child support in this state pay it. if we continue to show our collective support for abuse children the federal courts will find favor with our actions. more importantly so will god almighty. imagine i ask in 2016 if we all work together to better public education and child care, imagine what we could do together if we took the economy to record heights and unemployment to record lows. imagine if we had a new medical school and a new medical city for research and healing. and led the nation in medicine. imagine if we could fund more infrastructure improvements.
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imagine if we could help lead the nation in criminal justice reform while reducing our prison population and saving more than $40 million for mississippi taxpayers. much work remains in this group. in this session i will ask you to take the next step in criminal justice reform. as they form -- our innovations will be -- nothing could be further from reality. if we hope to ever lower our crime rate we must start with a 33 percent in lieber correctional system only to return within three years. if president donald trump can pass nationwide criminal justice reform through a gridlock, surely we can do so right here in the state of mississippi.
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working together we have accomplished these things and so much more. we have enhanced our beautiful state seal with america's national. for this time and for all time the world will know in no uncertain terms that here in mississippi, in god we trust. thanks to lieutenant governor and many of you in this chamber we have protected mississippi's religious children freedom. our right to keep and bear arms has assured by the second amendment to the united states constitution remains firm and steadfastly defended here in the state of mississippi.
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and with your unwavering support we will continue to make mississippi the safest place in america for unborn child's. i can assure you all this administration will not cease its efforts to rise to new levels of greatness. and before 2020 begins we will have more accomplishments. and more transformative change. we will go to a new decade filled with even brighter tomorrow's. tonight's address is not meant to be a point of victory or final accomplishment, but another step together towards triumph. as president reagan said a goal for all of us should be that one day things will be done neither because of nor in spite of any of our differences between us.
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therefore i say to each of you continue to work together to do the things that are best for mississippi. as you know this will be my last time to address this joint session. i was waiting on an applause. this is a very special place for me. i began my life in public service in this house chamber in 1992. i started as a young man. i will finish as a grandfather. over these many years i have seen mississippi make incredible progress. may not have always been perfect, but the improvement in our people's lives over the
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last 30 years is undeniable. none of us can accept credit for it all. we can all claim to honor and strive to make our home a better place. each of us only gets a finite amount of time to lead. a time to -- my time in leadership will be ending this year. for many of you your journey has just begun. let us join hands and finish this year. and this decade with the spirit of action and an eye toward the future. tonight i reflect on the wisdom of st. paul. i can only hope, like him i have fought the good fight. i have run the race. and always keeping my eye on
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the prize. i press on. toward the mark. may god bless each of you here tonight. may god bless the great state of mississippi and may god bless the united states of america. thank you. good night. sunday at 7 am eastern. rob riche talks about his book just giving. while philanthropy is filling democracy. >> there are studies i quote in the book. first of all if you make maximally generous assumptions,
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that should be counted as assistance. it allows kids from the inner- city schools to go to the museum. if you maximize the assumptions about what percentage of giving to those places count and the poverty category. at most 30 percent of the united states is in that direction. >> sunday at 9 pm eastern on afterwards. stephanie lamb discusses her path from working as a maid to earning a journalism degree. with her book, hard work, low pay. she's interviewed by rachel snyder. >> the first thing that comes to mind is definitely be miller men. not really understanding what was going on. i also felt very marooned and isolated. and very alone. and alone in a way that is all-
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encompassing. i did not have anything to fall back on. through all of that process i learned to rely and depend on myself. which was empowering and strengthening but also very hard. >> watch book tv this weekend on c-span two. west virginia governor opposed eliminating the states tax on social security benefits using higher-than-expected government revenue his speech at the state capitol in charleston. >> i was getting wired up out there. practical jokers have a

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