Mississippi's new governor strikes a conciliatory tone in his inaugural address to the state. As MPB's Desare Frazier reports he says it's the love Mississippians have for one another that will propel the state forward.
Republican Tate Reeves is now the 65th governor of the State of Mississippi. Legislators, dignitaries, family and friends filled the House Chamber for the ceremony yesterday. In Reeves' inaugural address he talked about putting his tough election campaign behind him.
"Campaigns by necessity highlight differences, governing is about coming together. Here is my promise. This will be an administration for all Mississippi, for all Mississippi" said Reeves.
Reeves says he will defend the culture of family and help Mississippi families thrive economically, which stretches from the needs of children to the state's prison crisis.
"That will mean taking care of foster kids. That will mean getting special needs kids the special help they need and yes it will mean cleaning-up corrections to provide for the safety of our citizens and the human dignity of all within the system," said Reeves.
The governor says Mississippi must compete in the global marketplace by elevating public education and workforce training.
"While we rebuild the way we train our workforce, from Kindergarten beyond high school, we will travel the world to find the job creators who want to be our partners. We will comb our state to find the companies that want to grow," said Reeves.
Reeves says everyone must raise their expectations about what is possible for Mississippi to achieve.