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YP – Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith talks reelection, COVID vaccine and presidential race

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith spoke to Y’all Politics about her recent reelection, the current debacle over the Presidential race and recent selection of Mitch McConnell to represent the Senate majority once again.

Eta now projected to move to the east

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Tropical Storm Eta’s projected path has been uncertain since day one but Mississippi appears to be out of the woods. Current modeling suggests the storm will increase to Hurricane strength later today and move northeast for a potential landfall as a tropical storm Thursday on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

YP – Senate Education Committee discusses year-round school options

The Senate Education committee met on Monday to discuss how the Legislature can aid districts who would like to move to a year-round school model.

Chairman Sen. Dennis DeBar said there will not be an attempt to mandate year-round school from his committee, but they would like to help facilitate that move if districts choose to do so…

…State Superintendent Carey Wright also spoke at the hearing and began by giving compliments to the success that the Corinth School District has had implementing a modified calendar.

Wright said year-round school has been around a very long time. She said parents, teachers and students all seemed to love the flexibility of a modified calendar.

MSDH COVID-19 reporting

Gov. Reeves, family in isolation after daughter test positive for COVID-19

YP – Jones says Democrats not “some demonic cult”; cites losses by he, Espy because of GOP “catch-phrases”

In a Politico article on Senate Democrats electing their caucus leadership, Jones expressed his frustration with the loss, blaming his own party’s messaging.

Jones said he and others, like Mississippi Democrat candidate Mike Espy, were tied to Republican “catch-phrases,” noting that that was the reason red- and purple-state Democrats took a beating.

“We’re not some demonic cult like we’re portrayed to be,” said Jones, as quoted by Politico.  “I was fighting the same battle that Jaime Harrison was fighting, that Mike Espy was fighting, that Cal Cunningham was fighting, that Steve Bullock was fighting. And Democrats have not been able to fully counter the Republican narrative.”

YP – AFP releases 2020 Legislative scorecard

WLOX – Mississippi Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Reeves v. Gunn case

Mississippi Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Reeves v. Gunn case

Who has ultimate control over the state budget? That’s at the center of the issues pending in the State Supreme Court. Governor Tate Reeves is appealing a county judge’s ruling that says his partial veto was unconstitutional.

Some CARES Act money is in question because of a lawsuit and now an appeal about how specific the Governor’s veto of budget bills can be…

…The Governor’s attorney says the House should’ve tried to override the veto if they thought it was unconstitutional. Noting that they did override another partial veto in August.

“The legislators thrust this court into what is clearly a political question that requires policy choices and value determinations by the political branches,” said Michael Bentley.

The attorney for Speaker Phillip Gunn and Speaker Pro Tempore Jason White who sued the Governor says the court’s previous cases allow this action.

YP – Hyde-Smith welcomes rollout of FY 2021 appropriations bills

YP – October Revenue Report numbers up $42.7 million over estimate

Total revenue collections for the month of October FY 2021 are $42,736,416 or 8.65% above the sine die revenue estimate. Fiscal YTD revenue collections through October 2020 are $174,673,062 or 9.23% above the sine die estimate. Fiscal YTD total revenue collections through October 2020 are $227,797,345 or 12.38% above the prior year’s collections. The FY 2021 Sine Die Revenue Estimate is $5,690,700,000.

The graph above compares the actual revenue collections to the sine die revenue estimate for each of the main tax revenue sources. The figures reflect the amount the actual collections for Sales, Individual, Corporate, Use and Gaming taxes were above or below the estimate for the month and fiscal year-to-date. The graph also compares fiscal year-to-date actual collections to prior year actual collections, as of October 31, 2020.

YP – Ardagh increasing production at Olive Branch facility