President Trump could veto COVID deal

President Donald Trump is considering a veto of the COVID-19 package over the inclusion of billions in unnecessary spending and foreign aid. He wants Congress to cut the waste and increase the individual payments from $600 to $2,000, and more.

YP – Governor Reeves Announces Additional COVID-19 Measures, Mask Mandate in 78 of 82 Counties

Governor Tate Reeves announced additional COVID-19 measures in an effort to keep Mississippians safe during this holiday season. The Executive Orders that are in place are set to expire on Friday, January 15th, 2021…

…These counties that are being added today have also met the specific criteria to be placed under a mask mandate:

Benton, George, Greene, Hancock, Humphreys, Jasper, Leake, Newton, Pike, Quitman, Smith, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Walthall, Warren, Wayne and Wilkinson Counties

As of now, 78 of Mississippi’s 82 counties are under mask mandates.  While this holiday season is coming up, please remember to social distance, keep gatherings small, and wear your mask.

MSDH daily COVID-19 reporting

YP – Harper joins Y’all Politics to discuss Congressman Palazzo’s Ethics inquiry

Former 3rd District Congressman and attorney Gregg Harper joined Y’all Politics on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the U.S. House Ethics Committee’s inquiry into 4th District Congressman Steven Palazzo’s campaign spending.

Harper, a former member of the House Ethics Committee, is representing Palazzo in the proceedings.

YP – PEER Releases Report on Mississippi’s Education Scholarship Account Program

The Legislative PEER Committee released its report titled 2020 Statutory Review of Mississippi’s Education Scholarship Account Program.

According to the report, in Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) disbursed only 71% ($5.5 million) of education scholarship funds available, while 29% ($2.2 million) lapsed and was returned to the State Treasury.

The ESA program’s net added expense to the state for FY 2019 and FY 2020 was approximately $1 million and $2.1 million, respectively.

WJTV – UMMC Study Says School isn’t the Problem in Student Covid-19 Cases

YP – Transportation Commissioner King recaps 2020, talks funding needs with Y’all Politics

Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King joined Y’all Politics on Tuesday to give a recap of the work the Mississippi Department of Transportation has overseen in 2020 as well as to give a look ahead into the New Year.

Commissioner King expressed the need for more funding from the Mississippi Legislature, but said the state lottery has been a big help to MDOT.

Palazzo: DESCEND Act heading to President for signature

WTVA – MHP’s Christmas enforcement period begins Wednesday, runs through Sunday

The Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) will begin its Christmas holiday enforcement period Wednesday at 12:01 a.m.

The period runs through Sunday.

MHP conducts similar enforcement periods throughout the year for major holidays, such as Memorial Day.

During these holiday enforcement periods, MHP uses all available troopers to combat speeding and remove impaired drivers from state highways.

NEWSMS – State Senator Fillingane mulling run for Palazzo’s seat in D.C.

On Tuesday morning, Joey Fillingane of the state’s 41st district strongly implied that if the House Ethics Committee proves Palazzo has been, in fact, misspending campaign funds, he will look to fill Palazzo’s spot in the United States House of Representatives.

“I don’t want to get ahead of the story here, but I am certainly anxiously awaiting to see what the House Ethics Committee does,” Fillingane said. “I’ve supported [Palazzo] for many years against Gene Taylor and making sure that is a conservative, Republican seat, which it should be and continue to be…Suffice to say, we need a congressman from South Mississippi that is above reproach and a conservative who actually shows up and does the job and doesn’t get caught up in other things.”…

…“If you’re spending $160,000 on your ex-wife’s CPA firm…and you’re paying potentially for your house note and things like that out of your campaign fund, those are serious allegations, and I think they’re going to need some serious answers,” Fillingane said.