Division in the ranks is stirring related to how the $1.25 billion should be appropriated and who should be making those decisions…
…Gov. Reeves said the Legislature has authority to direct funding until it gives up that authority, which it has done during disasters by empowering the Executive Branch.
The legislative wrangling could result in assistance being delayed when Mississippians are hurting economically, which is what the majority of the funds were directed to shore up during this pandemic.
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Reeves tweets concerns over delays
35,843 more Mississippians lost their jobs this week. Thousands more have been infected with COVID-19. The state has CARES Act emergency funds in our bank account right now to pay for relief. It may be delayed for weeks or months for a political debate—I hope and pray not. pic.twitter.com/sVdyrCc9gS
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) May 1, 2020
YP – HALEY BARBOUR: Disappointed Legislative leadership trying to disrupt Governor emergency authority
I have been surprised and disappointed to read reports that some in our legislative branch of state government are trying to disrupt and change how Mississippi has effectively responded to emergency situations for decades.
In any emergency, someone has to be in charge, and in our system of government, that is the governor. That is not to minimize the important role to be played by the state Legislature, mayors, supervisors and other elected officials. But the governor is ultimately accountable.
Governor Tate Reeves addresses the struggle some Mississippians are facing to keep food on the table during the pandemic. He was joined by Commissioner Andy Gipson and Extra Tables’s, Robert St. John to discuss how the state is working to help.
“COVID-19 is a deadly threat. It is not the only deadly threat we face. Hunger is real, especially right now. We are talking about what we are doing to protect our supply chain and take care of our most vulnerable,” said Reeves.
MSDH: Coronavirus cases up to 6815 with 261 deaths
Today MSDH is reporting 246 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, with 11 new deaths. The total of #coronavirus cases since March 11 is now 6,815, with 261 deaths. See more case details and important preventive steps at https://t.co/QP8mlJ41AN pic.twitter.com/rXYOs8tgTq
— MS Dept of Health (@msdh) April 30, 2020
WJTV – Jackson mayor extends city’s Safer-at-Home order until May 15; open carry ban expired
YP – AG Fitch files amicus curiae against Jackson open carry ban
— Yall Politics (@MSyallpolitics) April 30, 2020
The Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association developed a plan recommending how to reopen casinos in the Magnolia State, and that plan, with tweaks from the Mississippi Gaming Commission, now sits on Gov. Tate Reeves’ desk.
“We are hopeful that we are really close to developing a plan,” Reeves said in his press briefing Thursday. “I am confident by Memorial Day weekend we will have some of the facilities open, not in the exact way they were open before. We have some continued work to do, but we are heading toward ensuring social distancing in those venues in a way that can be safe for Mississippians.”
Wicker: Navy procuring next ship, Ingalls awarded $187 million contract
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) April 30, 2020