LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant attended the Laurel Rotary Club luncheon Tuesday, where he spoke to residents about his goals for the future and current conditions of the state.
He mentioned the importance women's safety and the recently signed concealed carry law as well as the improvements he is working towards for the Mississippi school systems.
The governor spoke of his misgivings of Common Core as it has been presented in the educational systems from across the state. According to Bryant, schools across Mississippi received $10 million more to their budgets in 2014.
In previous interviews Bryant indicated that he will likely sign an education bill that would allow special needs children to received educational benefits outside of the public school systems. Tuesday, he confirmed that bill will be signed later this week with Florida Governor Jebb Bush.
Bryant also spoke of the importance of energy investments in the state. According to the Fraser Institutes, Mississippi is second state in the country for oil and gas investments. Bryant hopes to further improve the state in these areas, but he said he couldn't have been more proud of the Mississippi residents for their hard work.
Not only has the state improved with their investments, but Bryant said that Mississippi's tourism rates have risen as well. He said that the growth of film-making in the state has been a boost in local economies and credited the state for doing an outstanding job hosting 19 movies last year.
According to Bryant, over 22 million people toured the state in 2014, and he praised the Lauren Rogers Museum in Laurel for being a prime example of a place that tourist from across the country often visited.
Bryant's speech was met with a standing ovation, but the governor said he was just happy to attend the event and enjoyed his visit to Laurel.