One race in Mississippi still has not been called two weeks after the November 3rd General Election, that is the Mississippi Supreme Court race between Justice Kenny Griffis and Judge Latrice Westbrooks for the District 1, Position 1 seat.
However, with only one county left to report its absentee ballots, some 1,800 or so in Holmes County, it appears that Justice Griffis will be declared the winner as Judge Westbrooks is unlikely to overcome his nearly 15,000 vote lead. As such, Y’all Politics is calling this race in favor of Griffis.
The reason for the slow results have come down to absentee ballot counting in a handful of counties, namely Bolivar, Hinds, Holmes, Rankin and Washington.
In the budget documents, Governor Reeves proposes to eliminate the income tax for Mississippians. The elimination of the income tax would save a Mississippian making $40,000 nearly $2,000. As Lt. Governor, Reeves passed the “Taxpayer Pay Raise Act,” that began the phase-out of the 3% income tax. FY 2022 is the first year for the 3% income tax to be completely eliminated and is the right time to begin a complete phase-out of the income tax.
“Because this plan is a phased approach, we will be able to ensure adequate funding will be available for education, law enforcement, health care, and transportation priorities,” Governor Reeves said. “It will not be necessary for us to increase other taxes in order to make up for lost revenue from the elimination of the income tax.”
The budget summary also highlights funding the police, protecting small businesses, creating a Patriotic Education Fund, supporting quality education, increasing workforce development, funding the Coronavirus response, funding the judiciary, and protecting the integrity of Medicaid.
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is offering additional free COVID-19 testing through the Office of Preventive Health and Health Equity.
This new testing opportunity is in addition to the regular testing already being done by MSDH. No appointment is necessary, and participants do not have to have symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested.
The following counties are: Hinds, Madison, Pontotoc, Tate, Winston, Itawamba, and Montgomery counties. As of now, 22 of Mississippi’s 82 counties are included in this executive order.
MSDH COVID-19 report
Today MSDH is reporting 589 more cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, 2 deaths, and 145 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care facilities. The total of #covid19 cases for the year is now 134,898, with 3,545 deaths. Case details and prevention guidance at https://t.co/QP8mlJ41AN pic.twitter.com/oa6Jzbrpf9
— MS Dept of Health (@msdh) November 16, 2020
Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite took to Facebook over the weekend to push back on comments made by Governor Tate Reeves and State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs on the impact of COVID-19 in DeSoto County…
…Now, the purpose of my message today is to clarify misleading statements by Governor Reeves and Mississippi’s Chief Health Official, Dr. Thomas Dobbs. I mean no disrespect to either and don’t believe either has any ill intent, but both of their recent comments are, very frankly, astounding to me and not accurate at all about our city and county. Governor Reeves’ analogy and statements suggesting DeSoto County has an excessive positive case increase compared to other Mississippi heavily-populated counties are simply not correct.
Chaney shares fire tips ahead of holiday
“Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires,” said State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney. “Pay attention while cooking and never leave cooking food unattended." Prepare for Thanksgiving safely by reading this: https://t.co/sD7msQIPiT pic.twitter.com/NZ5Z050cFr
— MS Insurance Dept. (@MSInsuranceDept) November 16, 2020
The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Special Victims Unit conducted a joint undercover human trafficking operation on Friday, November 13, in Oxford resulting in the arrests of 6 individuals who were charged with procuring prostitution.
“Human trafficking is a destructive crime that diminishes the value of human life,” said Attorney General Lynn Fitch. “My office will continue to work with private and public federal, state, and local partners, including our partners at MBI, to hold those who engage in this modern slavery accountable to the fullest extent of the law and seek justice for those who are its victims.”
Wicker, Hyde-Smith work to have Mississippi judges confirmed
Soon I will be speaking from the Senate floor in support of Kristi H. Johnson, President @realDonaldTrump's nominee to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi. Watch it live here: https://t.co/DQ6BPTYyu8
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) November 16, 2020
Pleased the Senate has voted to clear the path to confirm Kristi Johnson of Brandon MS to be a US District Judge for the Southern District of MS. Looking forward to voting on her confirmation tomorrow.
— U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (@SenHydeSmith) November 17, 2020
As the year winds down, state lawmakers are looking toward the coming year and preparing for the next legislative session.
Several members in the state senate will be taking over new committee roles due to vacancies created there.
Mississippi District 41 Sen. Joey Fillingane will be the new chair of the Judiciary B Committee, which was left vacant after District 42 Sen. Brice Wiggins was appointed chair to the Judiciary A Committee.
These committee leaders have influence over legislation brought before them.