YP – Debate emerging over how COVID19 delayed FY 2020 income taxes should be budgeted

Should tax receipts that would have ordinarily been collected in FY 2020 but due to coronavirus get delayed to after June 30 be counted in FY 2020 or FY 2021 for budget purposes?

That has become a hot topic for legislative budget writers and the state’s chief executive. The clock is steadily winding down on adopting the FY 2021 state budget.

Over the last few days, Governor Tate Reeves, Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann and Revenue Commissioner Herb Frierson all appeared on SuperTalk’s Gallo Show and touched on this issue.

YP – Governor Reeves discusses unemployment fraud in afternoon presser

Governor Tate Reeves held a press conference where he and others discussed efforts to combat unemployment fraud.  Reeves said it is rampant across the country and scammers are actively attacking our system in Mississippi.

MSDH: Coronavirus cases up to 19,799 with 895 deaths

YP – Mississippi House Democrats Support Removal of the State Flag

In the last few weeks, our members have received thousands of calls and emails regarding the removal of our current state flag. The Mississippi House Democratic Caucus agrees that this change is long overdue and plans to support any measures aimed at changing our flag.

The link between our current state flag and the Confederacy is inextricable. A flag should be a unifying symbol; not an embodiment of division. In a state with a 38-percent African American population, a flag flying the Confederate battle emblem is divisive. The time has come for us to fly a flag that all Mississippians can rally behind.

WLOX – Gulfport City Council to vote on removing the state flag at municipal offices

Gulfport city council to vote on removing state flag at municipal offices

City leaders in Gulfport will vote Tuesday on a referendum that could remove the state flag from flying at city offices. The referendum also asks state legislators to change the state flag.

Authored by Ward 1 Councilman Kenneth “Truck” Casey, the referendum says the confederate emblem on the current Mississippi flag does not represent the values and principles of Mississippians.

The referendum asks state legislators to respectfully retire the state flag and to adopt a new flag, saying in part, that flags should exemplify the societies they represent and serve to unify people, which is something the current state flag does not do.

YP – Congressman Guest introduces resolution condemning violence following protests

YP – Court Orders Jackson Never to Restrict Open Carry Rights Again in lawsuit filed

A federal court ordered the City of Jackson to never again act to restrict the right to open carry a firearm. The order comes after the Mississippi Justice Institute filed a lawsuit against the City of Jackson and Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba on behalf of State Representative Dana Criswell.

The decision was issued as a Consent Decree. The decree was issued by Chief U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III in U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Mississippi on June 12, 2020. It went into effect immediately.

WDAM – Forrest Co. voters will decide fate of Confederate monument in November

Forrest Co. voters will decide fate of Confederate monument in NovemberForrest County voters will decide the fate of a Confederate monument that sits outside the county courthouse in downtown Hattiesburg.

A divided Forrest County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Monday to put the issue of relocating the statue on the ballot in November.

Supervisors Sharon Thompson, Rod Woullard and David Hogan voted in favor of adding the issue to the ballot. Supervisors Burkett Ross and Chris Bowen voted against the measure.

WCBI – Supervisors vote to keep Confederate monument outside Courthouse despite calls for relocation

WJTV – U.S. senators on Confederate monuments at U.S. Capitol and Mississippi’s state flag

12 News reached out to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) about whether he’s in favor of removing Mississippi’s statues in the U.S. Capitol building.

Wicker said, “It would be a mistake for Congress to remove statues placed in the U.S. Capitol by Mississippi or any state. In my view, such an overreach would be counterproductive to the healthy conversations on race happening across the country. Under federal law, state governments are solely responsible for selecting and replacing the statues that represent their states.”

There’s also been a push to change Mississippi’s state flag, which bears the Confederate battle emblem. Wicker is standing by his statement that he made in 2015.

MS Black Caucus hosting online chat on reopening schools

YP – Wicker, Hyde-Smith welcome nomination of McNeel for US Southern District

Wicker, Hyde-Smith announce $71.4 million for Greenville Bypass