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.
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
Today MSDH is reporting 283 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, with 4 new deaths. The total of #coronavirus cases since March 11 is now 19,799, with 895 deaths. See more case details and important preventive steps at https://t.co/QP8mlJ41AN pic.twitter.com/pgC1RTPXec
— MS Dept of Health (@msdh) June 15, 2020
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.
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
— Yall Politics (@MSyallpolitics) June 15, 2020
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.
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
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
As Mississippi #school leaders begin to safely re-open schools, we have convened a group of #educators and #publichealth advocates to provide strategies and solutions to safely reopen #Mississippi Schools.
— Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus (@mlbcofficial) June 15, 2020
YP – Wicker, Hyde-Smith welcome nomination of McNeel for US Southern District
— Yall Politics (@MSyallpolitics) June 15, 2020
Wicker, Hyde-Smith announce $71.4 million for Greenville Bypass
BREAKING: @MississippiDOT will receive $71.46M from @USDOT to complete the long-awaited Greenville Bypass. This award is the final piece of a multi-phase effort to ensure this highway remains a source of economic vitality for our state. @SenHydeSmith https://t.co/nRzGewy7WO
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) June 15, 2020