Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced efforts to extend the unemployment benefits provided to help Mississippi workers and their families hard-hit by COVID-19.
Working to support Mississippi’s dedicated workforce, Governor Reeves signed a new executive order updating instructions to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) to further relieve undue burdens caused by the pandemic. This new executive order replaces the Governor’s initial unemployment order, Executive Order No. 1462, which began the process of expediting payments to unemployed Mississippians.
MSDH: Coronavirus cases up to 9674 with 435 deaths
Today MSDH is reporting 173 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, with 5 new deaths. The total of #coronavirus cases since March 11 is now 9,674, with 435 deaths. See more case details and important preventive steps at https://t.co/QP8mlJ41AN pic.twitter.com/r62Jf7qRZh
— MS Dept of Health (@msdh) May 11, 2020
The Mississippi Department of Health reported 173 new total cases today bringing the total reported cases to 9,674. There were 5 COVID-19 related deaths reported today bringing the total to 435.
The 3 day trailing average of new cases was 2.10%, which is the lowest point measured during the pandemic. The three day trailing average of deaths attributable to COVID-19 was 2.08%. Again, that is the lowest measured result during the pandemic.
Retired public employees, namely teachers, were said to be “a game changer” in the Mississippi Legislature, at least that is what the left was pushing in their narrative. It was said to “scare Philip Gunn to death.”
Those voices were wrong.
Last Thursday, the IRS provided a response to PERS whereby they declined to rule on the request that emanated from political efforts in 2019 to allow retired teachers to serve as legislators while still getting their full PERS benefits.
State Rep. Summers seeks early voting, no excuse mail-in voting
Status quo elections may not be adequate this November. Now is the time to put in place measures that will ensure safe, secure, and accessible elections. Here is a list of proposals I have compiled based on my research and recommendations from advocacy orgs. Thoughts? #msleg pic.twitter.com/oGU7Yox7Hw
— Zakiya Summers (@RepZSummers) May 11, 2020
Total revenue collections for the month of April FY 2020 are $244,027,241 or 29.51% below the sine die revenue estimate. Fiscal YTD revenue collections through April are $26,348,813 or 0.57% below the sine die estimate. Fiscal YTD total revenue collections through April 2020 are $108,574,922 or 2.31% below the prior year’s collections. The FY 2020 Sine Die Revenue Estimate is $5,858,400,000.
WJTV – Rebuilding Mississippi: Budget shortfalls, unemployment woes, closed businesses and money drying up; Mississippi’s economy on the brink of collapse
YP – AG Fitch extends disability fund to first responders contracting COVID-19
— Yall Politics (@MSyallpolitics) May 11, 2020
YP – Senate to Hold Hearings on Immediate COVID-19 Expenses, Including Hospitals, Local Governments, and Distance Learning
The Mississippi Senate gavels in at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, to continue their work in appropriating $1.25 billion in federal funds provided through the CARES Act passed by Congress in April. Last week, legislators began the initial steps of creating a grant program to help small businesses stay afloat.
With assistance from @MPBOnline, Senate hearings planned related to current/future COVID-19 expenses/issues (including increased distance learning and broadband connectivity) will be broadcast on YouTube. A link to the webcast will be available at https://t.co/P2jDCLcDTQ. pic.twitter.com/EmYcqxFNEH
— Delbert Hosemann (@DelbertHosemann) May 11, 2020
#MSSen: Espy promotes Medicaid Expansion
Mississippi should expand Medicaid. https://t.co/THN37e752D
— Mike Espy (@MikeEspyMS) May 12, 2020
Auditor White: Maybe Mississippi was overdue for some feather ruffling
Someone asked me why I try to ruffle so many feathers when I’m doing my job.
Staff and I are just telling the truth about how your $ is spent (and we document & prove everything).
If the truth ruffles feathers, so be it. Maybe MS was overdue for some feather ruffling.
— Shad White (@shadwhite) May 9, 2020