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Reaction varies to Bryant's State of the State

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm •  Published: January 22, 2013
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Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven, praised Bryant's speech and governing style. "He is, for me, one that relates to all people. He gives you the facts and lets you make up your own mind... He's not one of those who's in your face or twists your arm."

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Rep. Bennett Malone, D-Carthage, said: "If we will follow what he laid down for us to do in his speech, Mississippi will move on forward."

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Ed Sivak, director of the Mississippi Economic Policy Center, a nonprofit group that advocates policies to help people with low or moderate incomes, said: "Unfortunately, the alternative to Medicaid expansion offered tonight — connecting more uninsured Mississippians to health insurance through economic growth — falls short as a solution. The majority of people who would be eligible for health coverage through Medicaid expansion already have a job. Medicaid expansion will create 9,000 jobs and remains a critical economic and public health opportunity for our state."