Bryant wants free tuition for students with technical diploma

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is pushing a $3 million plan to pay for community college for students who earn a technical diploma in high school.

Bryant first floated the proposal earlier this month while speaking at Nissan Motor Co. in Canton and repeated it Monday when he made his proposal for the 2015 budget.

The Republican says Mississippi needs to increase the number of skilled manufacturing workers to fill available jobs and encourage employers to relocate or expand in the state. He said that potential employers he meet with are most worried about who they can hire.

“Today the first question is ‘Where is your workforce. Who are they? And are they available for our industry?’” Bryant said Monday.