Lawmakers, others laud Phil Bryant's speech

By The Associated Press

JACKSON – Some reaction to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s first State of the State address Tuesday night:

—House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said he suspects Bryant was right when he proposed to cut the number of state boards and committees: “As I made appointments to committees, I learned of a number of committees and commissions that caused me to question what they are and what they do.”

—Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, said he liked proposals to use tax breaks to lure medical development and to put more money into Teach for America and the Mississippi Teacher Corps: “Issues like immigration, we may have some differing opinions on. On the whole, his speech was one that tried to bring Mississippians together.”

—Blake Wilson, executive director of the Mississippi Economic Council, the state chamber of commerce, said he was pleased Bryant endorsed MEC’s Blueprint Mississippi, a strategic plan for the state: “The consolidation of administrative functions of school districts, that’s been talked about. It’s a no-brainer. It’s time to move on and get that done.”

—Senate President Pro Tem Terry Brown, R-Columbus, praised Bryant’s focus on jobs: “Basically, these are things he pushed himself as lieutenant governor. I’m excited about getting a hand on budgeting and spending.”