YP – State economist says COVID-caused recession inevitable; impact could last till 2023

Senators sat for a hearing with State Economist Darrin Webb and Commissioner of Revenue Herb Frierson who both addressed the current financial impact COVID-19 is having on the state.

“I think this will be the most difficult choice for the State of Mississippi and their economics in the last 100 years that I’ve ever read about,” said Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann in regard to setting the state budget for next year amidst an unprecedented economic year…

…Projections currently indicate that the state might not show recovery from this economic impact until at least 2023. FY 2020 estimates represent a loss of $864.4 million below the November estimate and FY 2021 estimates show a decline of $367.1 million under estimates. Those reflect a shift of roughly $436 million from FY2020 to FY2021 due to late tax filing dates.

YP – Gov. Reeves delivers daily COVID-19 briefing

Today’s update focuses on case numbers, hospitalizations, testing, and delivering 2 million community masks to all 82 counties. The fight goes on.

YP – Hyde-Smith promotes bill to fix U.S. reserves of critical medical supplies

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) last week helped introduce legislation to strength U.S. supply chains and establish domestic reserves of critical medical supplies for future public health emergencies.

Hyde-Smith is an original cosponsor of the Medical Supplies for Pandemics Act of 2020, which would begin to rebuild the Strategic National Stockpile and strengthen domestic personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturing to ensure better preparation for future public health emergencies.

MSDH: Coronavirus cases stand at 13,731 with 652 deaths

WLOX – COVID-drained tax revenues could force cities to considers furloughs, layoffs

COVID-drained tax revenues could force cities to considers furloughs, layoffsCities could be looking at furloughs and layoffs to cope with COVID-19-induced revenue loss, one mayor has said.

Gulfport tax revenues are down $1.4 million dollars in the last two months. In Biloxi, they are down $2 million, and that doesn’t include lost gaming tax revenues. Cities across the state and country are all in the same boat.

“We’re looking at everything from furloughs to layoffs to reorganization,” said Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes.

WJTV – MDES releases unemployment rate for April 2020

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN – Judge: Health Dept. must respond to public records request

A Mississippi judge ruled Tuesday that the state Health Department must respond to a newspaper’s public records request about long-term care facilities where outbreaks of the new coronavirus have occurred.

Hinds County Chancery Judge Tiffany Grove granted an emergency injunction in favor of Hattiesburg Publishing Inc., which owns the Pine Belt News.

Grove wrote that the Health Department has seven days to either provide information what the newspaper is requesting or cite a specific exemption in the state Public Records Act for denying the information.

Auditor White investigating unemployment fraud

Rep. Porter to appear on Millennial Legislators Series