Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan released the following statement following this evening’s State of the State address by Governor Kay Ivey:
“This evening Governor Ivey demonstrated why she is ranked one of the top-10 approval rated governors in the nation. The state of our state is strong, thanks to her focused leadership. The results are solid.
“With an unemployment rate of 2.7% – the lowest in our state’s 200 year history and among the lowest in the nation – and 77,000 new jobs created in last year alone, Alabama’s economy shows no signs of slowing down. This has enabled the Ivey administration to add much needed services and personnel to help our citizens, including a 17% increase in State Troopers on our roadways, job training programs and increasing rural broadband access.
“Governor Ivey will continue to move our great state forward in the new year, creating a brighter tomorrow for Alabamians and their children. Not only did she pledge to build on her past successes – with pay raises for our educators and public employees – but is also introducing new initiatives including the one billion dollar public school and college authority, a major investment in our schools. This is in addition to our education budget, the largest in state history, and will help enhance and expand our number one rated pre-k program, among others. Heralding another record breaking year of adoptions is something for all of us to celebrate.
“We are reminded there has been no proration since the Republicans took over the legislature in 2010.
“Alabama is starting off our next 100 years in incredible shape and with Governor Ivey steadying our state, it will only keep getting better. Alabama does not back away from high steps.”