Governor Reeves discussed ways to raise wages for workers as the economy reopens. He said one of the best ways to do that is through workforce development. He hopes to help get more Mississippians qualified for higher paying skilled jobs.
He also announced Patrick Sullivan as his appointment for Chairman of the State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) to ensure Mississippi’s continued workforce development.
Masks delivered to local emergency officials
We delivered 1.7 million masks to local emergency officials today. A major logistical feat! Thank you to everyone who had a hand in it!
They are for the community—for locals to disperse. It’s a great way to keep your neighbors safe. God bless, MS!
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) May 21, 2020
MAGNOLIA STATE LIVE – Mississippi mayor says not wearing mask shows ‘you don’t give a damn about others’
While the number of positive cases continues to dwindle in her city Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill said that, by continuing to wear a face mask, practicing social distancing and personal hygiene, the number of cases should continue to decrease until a vaccine is developed.
“Wearing a mask is not too much to ask of it means our community can start operating in a semi-normal fashion,” Tannehill said. “I’m showing respect and love for my neighbor when they can see that I’m not putting them in danger by not wearing a mask. By not wearing a mask, you’re basically saying that you don’t give a damn about others.”
The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning passed a resolution to reopen the campuses of all eight public universities in the Fall of 2020.
“Providing a safe environment for all students and employees is paramount,” said Dr. Ford Dye, President of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. “We urge the universities to take prudent precautions in planning for resuming traditional operations and make adjustments as needed, based on recommendations from health experts.”
MSDH: Coronavirus cases up to 12,222 with 580 deaths
Today MSDH is reporting 255 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, with 10 new deaths. The total of #coronavirus cases since March 11 is now 12,222, with 580 deaths. See more case details and important preventive steps at https://t.co/QP8mlJ41AN pic.twitter.com/3TcgFb4tFv
— MS Dept of Health (@msdh) May 21, 2020
Southern District Public Service Commissioner Dane Maxwell spoke with Y’all Politics on Thursday to discuss what his office is undertaking during the pandemic with a look ahead to where he would like to focus during his term.
Maxwell, sworn-in in January, was elected as the Chairman of the three-person Public Service Commission at the first meeting of the new term.
Watch the interview below to hear from the Commissioner as he discusses utilities, broadband expansion and working with state leaders.
#MSSen: Abrams endorses Espy, says GOP suppresses the black vote
Mississippi native @StaceyAbrams knows better than anyone how far some GOP leaders will go to suppress the Black vote. I’m grateful for her work, including starting a national effort to build voter protection teams in states like Mississippi.
— Mike Espy (@MikeEspyMS) May 21, 2020
Whether they were in Biloxi, Waveland, Gulfport, or D’Iberville, thousands flocked to Coast casinos to celebrate their re-opening Thursday.
“It’s been a great day,” said Ben Koff, Vice President of Marketing at the Scarlet Pearl. “The start that we have had between the casino floor, our outlets and our hotel keep up. I think it’s very good to say that the Gulf Coast is back in action.”
Wicker calls out China’s human rights abuses
This newly-proposed law is further proof the Chinese Communist Party is intent on consolidating power and control by any means necessary.
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) May 21, 2020
Hyde-Smith seeks elimination of FEMA cost-share
#COVID19 stress on state, county & city budgets is made worse for those hit by disasters. I’ve introduced a bill to eliminate the @FEMA cost-share for 2020 federal disaster declarations. This plan builds on the #SMARTAct bill from earlier this week. @MSEMAhttps://t.co/eko9WX8GZf pic.twitter.com/QLvu2fCdJu
— U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (@SenHydeSmith) May 21, 2020