- Associated Press - Sunday, January 7, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is preparing to discuss his legislative priorities for 2018.

The Republican delivers his State of the State speech at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Capitol. It be carried live by Mississippi Public Broadcasting on radio and TV and online.

During his 2017 speech, Bryant said legislators should consider creating a state lottery. They didn’t do it then, but the issue could be debated this year as lawmakers seek a new source of state revenue. Mississippi is one of six states without a lottery.

Bryant’s second term ends in January 2020.

He said last year that his main long-term goal is to improve Mississippi’s struggling foster care program. He also called on lawmakers to be frugal with the state budget and to rebuild the rainy day fund.

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