Governor Tate Reeves announced that John Rounsaville will lead the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) as Interim Director to continue growing our state’s economy and win business for Mississippi. John has a proven history of fighting and leading here in our state and on the national stage—having served in offices from Representative Charles W. “Chip” Pickering to Governor Haley Barbour and serving Presidents George W. Bush and Donald J. Trump.
“John has been a true servant of Mississippi for many years and been devoted to helping our state grow. I am honored that he will take on this role to build on our state’s economic development successes. He will play a critical role as MDA Interim Director as we work to restart our economy and shift it into overdrive for the people of Mississippi,” said Governor Tate Reeves.
MSDH: Coronavirus cases at 11,296 with 521 deaths
Today MSDH is reporting 173 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, with 11 new deaths. The total of #coronavirus cases since March 11 is now 11,296, with 521 deaths. See more case details and important preventive steps at https://t.co/QP8mlJ41AN pic.twitter.com/TaxGmIogxr
— MS Dept of Health (@msdh) May 17, 2020
On the governor’s desk right now is a measure that gives some relief to small businesses ordered closed because of the pandemic, but have yet to get help. That assistance totals $300 million and will go towards funding a couple of different programs. Joining us to talk about that Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann.
Sen. Wicker recognizes Military Service members
The strength of our military has shown through the darkness of the coronavirus pandemic – with many of our service members going to extraordinary lengths to keep us safe.
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) May 16, 2020
In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers are given new rules on how to sell meat products from their cattle and herds. The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce set up an online portal to connect farmers and consumers with a list of what the farmers offer.
“It will expire automatically in 120 days, but we’re going to make it a permanent rule during that 120-day period, open up the public comment, and what this will allow is for Mississippians who want to buy local beef or pork, farm-raised livestock, they can buy a share in that animal, whatever the farmer wants to sell,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson.
Our team is consulting with Election Commissioners and Circuit Clerks across the state as we continue to develop a plan that maintains the integrity of our elections, focuses on the wellbeing of our citizens, and upholds Mississippi’s steadfast conservative values.
Prior to Election Day, we will implement additional poll worker training regarding proper sanitation and social distancing, and we will work to offer the full training course online. Due to the expected need for more poll workers, we are asking Election Commissioners to fully utilize the current student internship program, and we are looking into potential partnerships with colleges and universities to incentivize students to work on Election Day.
A key component of our plan is urging the legislature to adopt an additional absentee excuse to allow Mississippians to absentee vote in person when they are subject to a state of emergency declared by the Governor or President. Authorizing voters to vote in-person absentee when under a state of emergency will lead to our office partnering even closer with Circuit Clerks to possibly expand curbside absentee voting to help limit the spread of COVID-19 on Election Day. Additionally, counties will be able to hire temporary staff to meet the increased demand by using funds from the CARES Act. The supplemental federal funding supports state and local election officials by offsetting some of the increased costs of administering elections during the pandemic.
#MSSen: Espy seeks large black voter turnout
As we move ahead to the November election, we intend to build the largest, strongest, and most strategic Black voter turnout operation in Mississippi history. #MSSen
— Mike Espy (@MikeEspyMS) May 15, 2020
The Capital City saw the single biggest drop: $431,849, a 16.9 percent decrease over 2019.
Flowood had the second-highest decrease of $202,352, which represents a 18.7 percent decrease over last year, followed by Ridgeland ($117,363), Brandon ($40,314) and Madison ($3,440).
Two cities had increases — Richland with $19,458 and Pearl with $21,960 — which may seem surprising to some.