Reeves signed a new executive order adding 13 more counties who will be under additional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. That brings the total counties under special orders to 54.
The counties added include: Quitman, Jefferson, Franklin, Noxubee, Kemper, Amite, Coahoma, Sunflower, Scott, Adams Oktibbeha, Monroe, Washington.
There are also additional measures taken on social gatherings. Indoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people.
MSDH daily COVID-19 report
Today MSDH is reporting 1,141 more cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, 29 deaths, and 200 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care facilities. The total of #covid19 cases for the year is now 154,411, with 3,836 deaths. Case details and prevention guidance at https://t.co/QP8mlIMqcd pic.twitter.com/xshaejh3of
— MS Dept of Health (@msdh) December 1, 2020
Chairmen of both the Mississippi Democratic Party and the Mississippi Republican Party joined Y’all Politics on Tuesday to discuss the impact of Election 2020 as well as where they see their party heading in 2021.
Democrat Chairman Tyree Irving and Republican Chairman Frank Bordeaux discussed policy issues facing the Mississippi Legislature, including healthcare and education, and took a look ahead to the upcoming municipal elections across the state.
U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., today hailed Senate confirmation of Taylor B. McNeel of Pascagoula to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi. McNeel will be the 228th federal judge confirmed to a lifetime appointment by the Senate since President Donald J. Trump took office in January 2017.
“Taylor McNeel’s academic, judicial, and personal qualifications are beyond reproach,” Wicker said. “He has distinguished himself as a practitioner of the law and demonstrated that he will interpret the law as written. His extensive experience will serve him well as a federal judge. I am delighted with Mr. McNeel’s bipartisan confirmation vote.”
Senate confirmation of Taylor McNeel of Pascagoula to be a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of MS rounds out the remaining federal judicial vacancies in our state. These judges will have a lasting effect on Mississippians for decades to come.
— U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (@SenHydeSmith) December 1, 2020
Since his appointment by Governor Tate Reeves in March, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, Bob Anderson, has steered the agency in a new direction and away from the corruption of his predecessors.
Wicker pushing RESTAURANTS Act
I urge the rest of the Senate to join this effort and pass the RESTAURANTS Act without further delay.
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) December 1, 2020
State Auditor Shad White made the following statement regarding a previous investigation involving an Ole Miss professor who participated in a “work stoppage.”
“Today my office issued a demand for $1,912.42 ($946.74 principal and $965.68 interest and investigative costs) to Prof. James Thomas for his ‘work stoppage’ (his words) on September 8th and 9th. ‘Concerted work stoppages’ and strikes are illegal under Mississippi’s no-strike law, and paying someone for not working violates Sections 66 and 96 of the state constitution. It’s simple—the taxpayers of Mississippi cannot pay someone when they did not provide the good or service they were hired to provide.
YP – PSC Commissioner Bailey, Atmos present check to Lauderdale County schools
— Yall Politics (@MSyallpolitics) December 1, 2020
YP – PEER Committee releases FY2020 Annual Report: Analysis of Funding for Mississippi Charter Schools and the Charter School Authorizer Board
The Mississippi Legislative PEER Committee is releasing its report titled FY 2020 Annual Report: Analysis of Funding for Mississippi Charter Schools and the Charter School Authorizer Board.
Some of the Committee’s major findings include:
- The current constitution of board members’ staggered terms results in three board members rolling off at one time, potentially impacting the board’s quorum requirement.
- The Mississippi Department of Education distributed MAEP funding to charter schools at the same amounts it provided MAEP funding to the school districts in which those charter schools were located.
- The local ad valorem pro rata calculation required by statute provides unequal shares between charter schools and the school districts.
Congressman Guest: Democrats blocking millions in PPP funds
Millions of Americans supported small businesses on Small Business Saturday.
Meanwhile, Democrats continue to block millions of dollars allocated in the PPP for small businesses.
Democrats seem to be the only ones who don’t want to support our small businesses.
— Congressman Michael Guest (@RepMichaelGuest) December 1, 2020
Kimberly-Clark, maker of essential products including Huggies®, Kleenex®, Cottonelle®, Depend® and WypAll® brands, has approved a significant investment in its Corinth manufacturing facility, the second major investment in the past 12 months, to further expand capacity and bring industry leading nonwovens capability in support of Kimberly-Clark’s continued growth in North America.
“Kimberly-Clark and its dedicated workforce in Corinth play an important role in millions of peoples’ lives every day, as the nonwoven materials produced at the facility are vital components for essential hygiene and safety products recognized and used around the world,” Gov. Tate Reeves said. “I thank the Kimberly-Clark team for once again expanding and adding new jobs in Alcorn County. The economic development win once again shines the spotlight on this industry leader’s success in Mississippi.”
YP – Empower MS adds to communications, outreach team
— Yall Politics (@MSyallpolitics) December 1, 2020
WJTV – MDHS issues RFP for Child Support Enforcement Services
Tupelo Public School District Superintendent Dr. Rob Picou and Mississippi State Senator Chad McMahan will hold a virtual forum on Wednesday with the district’s teachers to hear their thoughts a balanced school calendar.
A balanced school calendar, like the Corinth School District adopted five years ago, is often referred to as a “year-round” calendar although no instructional days are added to the 180-day calendar. Instead, instructional days are spread more evenly across 12 months with opportunities for remediation and enrichment during the additional weeks off throughout the year.