The priorities he presents today are on target, but the governor’s reflections show the depth of the ongoing, deep issues involving education, health care, teen pregnancy, illegitimacy and other issues associated with poverty that have long plagued the state.
His call for more church involvement, personal responsibility and reaffirming values that build families and promote individual success are points well taken.
Finding solutions to Mississippi’s deep social and economic problems will take efforts that go beyond government programs. However, solid public policy also must lay the groundwork for family stability, community health and individual success.
Mississippi desperately needs to provide better educational opportunity for all, including early-childhood education. Mississippi needs better job training, which Barbour has done much to achieve already. The state needs better health care.