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HUNTER ESTES — Coronavirus necessitates regulation reevaluation

As a deadly virus has spread across the nation, many of us have been forced to embrace alternative work and life patterns from those we previously occupied. Some of these strategies have been a bit alien, including remote work and the need for food delivery amidst self-isolation. Yet, in truth, we have been empowered to embrace innovation in this period. ...

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Mississippi employees off work to be paid amid pandemic

Teachers and employees of city and county governments in Mississippi would be paid even if workers are told to stay home because of the coronavirus pandemic, under a bill the state Senate passed Wednesday. The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, who requested it. The measure would give city and county governments and school boards the power to ...

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Mississippi focuses on worker pay amid coronavirus concern

Mississippi legislators decided Tuesday to suspend their session because of the coronavirus pandemic, but they first worked to ensure teachers and employees of city and county governments would be paid even if they are told to stay home. Mississippi reported 21 confirmed cases of the virus as of Tuesday, up from 12 on Monday. Republican Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann said ...

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Legislation to require online retailers to collect tax could boost state revenue

By BOBBY HARRISON / Mississippi Today Mississippi legislators, needing funds in the current session to pay for a teacher pay raise and a possible state employee salary hike, could be boosted by an additional $50 million in revenue thanks to a proposal pending to place more of a burden on online retailers to collect the 7 percent tax on retail ...

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PERS temporarily suspends guest visits

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS) has temporarily suspended visitors to the PERS building and will conduct retirement counseling via telephone. “PERS is working to ensure that our critical tasks of paying benefits and processing retirement applications continues,” said PERS Executive Director Ray Higgins. “We are keenly aware of the more than ...

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Analysis: Special needs vouchers could live on, with limits

Mississippi’s state Senate is proposing a significant overhaul of the program that provides state money for special education students to attend private schools. Now it’s the House’s turn to consider its future. Parents whose children have special education needs can apply for education scholarship accounts that provide $6,500. The program was created in 2015 by Republicans who argued that students with specialized ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Coronavirus pandemic spotlights inept preparedness

To repeat myself, politicians tend to be adept at reactive, tactical political thinking but inept at long-term strategic policy thinking. I wrote about this recently with regard to lack of well thought out, long-term strategies for flood control, transportation and water/sewage infrastructure, and trauma care. So, here we go again with the coronavirus. The President and other top politicians initially ...

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Reeves declares state of emergency

Gov. Tate Reeves on Saturday declared that a state of emergency exists within Mississippi because of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. “I urge all Mississippians to use caution. This is not a time to panic—we are acting calmly and steadily,” Reeves said in a video. “In this state, we were prepared. We have a pandemic plan that is being ...

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Reeves announces Mississippi disaster declaration

In response to the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding that impacted Mississippi on Jan. 10-11, 2020, Gov. Tate Reeves announced that President Donald Trump declared a major disaster exists in Mississippi and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts. The counties declared as federal disaster areas March 12 and to receive federal funding are Bolivar, ...

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Computer science education bill wins approval in Mississippi House of Representatives

C Spire grassroots campaign to get computer science in all K-12 public and charter schools makes key advance A bill championed by C Spire that would give elementary, middle and high school students in Mississippi access to computer science curriculum in the classroom won overwhelming approval Wednesday from the Mississippi House of Representatives. HB 1165 by Rep. Richard Bennett, R-Long ...

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