Governor Elect Phil Bryant is hoping for a smooth transition when he takes office in January. He's laying out plans and a legislative agenda.

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Governor Elect Phil Bryant Preparing to Transition Into Office

By Daniel Cherry | Published 09 Nov 2011 08:23pm | comments

The dust has hardly settled following Tuesday's general elections, but Mississippi's next governor is moving into his new role. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports how governor elect Phil Bryant is hoping for a smooth transition.

Less than 24 hours after winning the race to become Mississippi's next Governor, Phil Bryant was already laying out his plans for when he steps into office in January. Bryant says he wants his transition to be as seamless as possible.

"This is something that has obviously been done each time with a new governor, and we want to make sure that we keep up to speed, that we don't miss a beat. We will ask Governor Barbour and his team to assist us in that. There's a great deal of work to be done and you always need the right person leading that transition."

Bryant addressed reporters yesterday at the capitol where he released information on his team helping with the move. Bryant tapped Jim Herring to be the Chairman of the transition team. Herring is the former Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party. He says he's looking forward to pitching in with the new administration.

"We have numerous things we have to look at. We have to look at personnel. We have to look at policies. We want to get a lot of people involved in that. We have the inauguration in front of us. We have a lot of interesting and exciting things like that."

Bryant also laid out his legislative agenda for the upcoming session. He wants to push a performance based budgeting model for the state as well as a "Learn to Earn" dual enrollment program for students. Johnny DuPree lost the race for governor, but he hopes to be a part of forming a strategy to improve the state.

"Mississippians decided they wanted to choose another person. I've talked with him, wished him well. I believe he loves Mississippi like I love Mississippi, and we pledged to talk in the coming days to see how we can maybe work together to make Mississippi what Mississippi can be."

The inauguration is set for January 10th when Bryant will be sworn in as the next Governor of Mississippi.

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