Familiar Themes in State of State

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Job creation and the state's overextended budget will play prominently in Gov. Haley Barbour's State of the State address, as will the education proposals that he says will bring important, but relatively low-cost improvements.

Governors use their annual State of the State speeches to lay out their legislative agendas.

In his first address shortly after being sworn in last year, Barbour outlined 16 proposals, including revamping the state's job-training efforts and putting limits on lawsuits. Legislators eventually approved 12 of his ideas.

Just as he did last year, Barbour will give his State of the State at night, an unusual move in a state where governors traditionally have given the speech during the day.

Barbour will speak at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday before a joint session of the Mississippi Legislature in the House chamber. Aides say the speech should last 40-45 minutes.