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Taxes and Prisons Centered in Reeves' State of the State Address
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Gov. Tate Reeves held his State of the State address on Jan. 25, highlighting his top priorities for policy in Mississippi.
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On the steps of the Capitol, Gov. Tate Reeves addressed lawmakers and Mississippi residents on what he’s proud of in the state–and what he hopes to accomplish.

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Taxes and Prisons Centered in Reeves' State of the State Address

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Much of his speech focused on the economy.

“By eliminating the income tax, we can put ourselves in a position to stand out," Reeves said.

He also centered much of his speech on corrections reform.

“If we want to break the cycle of recidivism, we must invest in a cycle of education and learning," Reeves said.

The governor discussed how rethinking the state tax code will strengthen Mississippi’s economy. The idea has support in the legislature, with an overwhelming majority of Mississippi’s House of Representatives voting for the elimination of the state income tax.

“We also know that for Mississippi to grow, we must attract more economic activity…If we can eliminate the income tax, we will achieve an historic victory for this state. We can become a place that money flows more freely, and all Mississippians will benefit," Reeves said.

Gov. Reeves also discussed the state department of corrections. He highlighted Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain’s efforts in expanding job training re-entry programs and making prisons safer.

"Under the leadership of Commissioner Cain, we are hiring more guards. We are combatting gang violence…We are committed to offering hope of a better life.," Reeves said. "Today, in state prisons, we are working hard to offer training and meaningful work.”

The Republican governor also highlighted his pro-life stance on abortion, expanding Capitol Police to combat crime in Jackson and efforts to eliminate critical race theory from being taught in schools.