Gov. Kay Ivey delivered her 2022 State of the State address in front of a joint session of the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday January 11th. This is the final such address in Ivey's first full term as governor.

This particular speech is designed to give the governor his or her chance to outline the items they would like to see on the legislative agenda for the upcoming session.

“I am pleased to announce that the state of the state is strong,” Ivey said. “I am confident that our best days are ahead of us.”

The governor, who is running for re-election this year, attempted throughout her speech to point out the many things she says are going well for the state. “Our exports are up almost 25%,” she said while adding, “Alabama's port of Mobile is open for business,” after mentioning recent issues at ports in California.

Pay raises appear to be high on Ivey's wish list for the session's agenda including a 4% pay raise for teachers and state employees and an increase in benefits for state retirees along with funding for after school programs. “We should pledge to no longer accept the existence of a failing elementary school in our state,” Ivey said.

Several of these items, including raises for teachers and state retirees, were also part of the legislative agenda rolled out by the majority Republican caucus earlier last week. In fact, none of the items the governor proposed seemed to be controversial to the majority caucus who seemed pleased with her speech.

There were some contradictions in the speech, however, such as Ivey saying funds from the American Rescue Plan should be used to strengthen the state broadband capabilities and healthcare services just months after she proposed using $400 million worth of those funds to build new state prisons.

All in all the speech was well received in the chamber though Democratic Sen. Bobby Singleton says building new prisons isn't the solution to violence in the state. He also said while the Democratic caucus supports many of the items Ivey mentioned, there are several others on the Republican’s agenda that they will fight against.