JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is using his eighth and final State of the State speech to push for a teacher pay raise.
The Republican is asking lawmakers to pass a school safety act, although he is not offering details of the plan. He says he wants a "safe and protected environment" in schools.
He says Mississippi's economy is faring well, with low unemployment and an increase in exporting goods. He says a "Complete to Compete" program is helping adults return to college to finish earning their degrees.
Bryant says workforce development is the "highest priority" in Mississippi.
Bryant says the state has improved its foster care system, but still has "much work to do."