Monday, May 11, 2020

Governor Extends Unemployment Benefits

Health Department to test all nursing home residents. 

Streamed below is Governor Tate Reeves daily briefing on the pandemic. The Governor extended unemployment benefits. The order is posted below.

* State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said there is an decrease in the hospitalization rate (7.9%).  Some private labs are not reporting their negative results.  Governor Reeves said the Health Department tested every resident in a LTC where a case is reported.

Governor said the state will now attempt to test everyone in a LTC.  This tactic worked in Florida. 

* Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement on unemployment benefits.

Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced efforts to extend the unemployment benefits provided to help Mississippi workers and their families hard-hit by COVID-19.

Working to support Mississippi's dedicated workforce, Governor Reeves signed a new executive order updating instructions to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) to further relieve undue burdens caused by the pandemic. This new executive order replaces the Governor's initial unemployment order, Executive Order No. 1462, which began the process of expediting payments to unemployed Mississippians.

"There is no real government replacement for a job. I know most Mississippians are ready and eager to work. Please do not let the window pass you by. If you are lucky enough to get an offer to earn a living, please do not reject it. I do not want you to wake up in August with no job to return to," said Governor Tate Reeves.

Governor Reeves announced his new executive order at his daily press briefing today, which you can view on our Facebook page here.

In this latest executive order, Governor Reeves is waiving the one-week waiting period to receive unemployment benefits for all claims filed from March 8, 2020 to December 26, 2020. Under the initial Executive Order No. 1462, the waiting period was waived until June 27.

Further extending financial support of Mississippians out of work due to COVID-19, the Governor is increasing the $40 earning allowance to $200 from May 3, 2020 until June 27, 2020.

Supporting employers struggling under the weight of COVID-19, Governor Reeves has also waived any interest from April 1, 2020 to June 27, 2020 on all collection activities suspended under the Executive Order. The offset of future benefits due to overpayments will be reduced to 25% from March 29, 2020 until June 27, 2020.

Additional updates under Executive Order No. 1481 to support Mississippi's employers and workforce include:

For employers:

Any charges related to COVID-19 and associated charges to both rated and reimbursable employers' accounts are waived from March 8, 2020 to June 27, 2020. Interest will not be accrued during this period.

The First Quarter 2020 pay date imposed for contributions of both rated and reimbursable employers has been suspended and moved to July 31, 2020.

Penalties for late reporting and contribution payments from March 8, 2020 to July 31, 2020 are suspended.

For workers:

Those unable to search for work because of COVID-19, including because they have contracted the virus, have been under quarantine, or have had their movements restricted, will be interpreted as such for claims filed between March 8, 2020 to June 27, 2020.

Work registration requirements from March 8, 2020 to June 27, 2020 are suspended, and individuals are not required to report in-person to help limit transmission.


Anonymous said...

What neither Reeves nor any other politician understands is this. The UI laws that have been in place for half a century result in the disqualification of anybody who is called back to work and refuses work. There is absolutely NOTHING in place in the mechanics to make this workable...not at the federal level or the state level.

People who are called back to work tomorrow or any time in the future of this federal give-away and REFUSE to return, will continue to draw their UI plus the federal add-on benefit (up to $600 a week plus state UI benefits). This will effectively cripple employers who are attempting to start back up and are scrambling to call workers back.

Since Tate, Delbert and Gunn are UI experts, all of a sudden, maybe they can figure this one out. Oh, wait, I can here Reeves now appealing to everybody's sense of Christian ethics. He'll pray about it.

Anonymous said...

Tater, as a long time teller, is effectively telling folks how to rob the bank.

Anonymous said...

Billionaires made their money sending American Jobs overseas. Middle Class wages have been stagnant for 50 years. The price of everything is increasing and the value of the dollar is decreasing. I used to be a conservative republican but Trump has effectively turned my to UBI and the Democrat party. I just want to feed my kids and pay my mortgage and car payment. I don't care how it happens. And i don't care if Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk get taxed more to pay for it.

Anonymous said...

Yeh! More free stuff! I'm on unemployment cause guv. closed my company down.

Anonymous said...

There are a lot of jobs that simply aren't going to come back. Too many companies just found out how few employees they really need to get by. And a lot of dead weight is about to be unemployed.

Anonymous said...

It's really a moot point, as Employment Security still can't answer a phone call or return an email.

Anonymous said...

More free stuff? Like the tax breaks in the CARES Act?

"Which millionaires will come out on top? The key groups include hedge fund investors and real estate “professionals,” including developers, based on our analysis of prior IRS data on partnerships.

Hedge funds, for example, pass through ordinary losses to their investors, who, under the CARES Act, now can carry them back and reduce prior income taxes, unconstrained by the dollar limits on excess business losses.

Similarly, real estate developers also can carryback losses, and reduce prior income taxes paid. Of course, under current circumstances, other millionaires potentially could benefit substantially for their losses, like oil and gas investors and owners of sports teams."

Oh, you meant folks who actually WORK for a living and not C Corps pass throughs and hedge funds?

Well, those working class folks certainly are living high on the hog, right? That's why Mississippians are so "lazy" because they earn less than 17 bucks an hour busting their behinds for Bubbba Big Bux III, who sits on his assets. But they are getting GubMint money like the cotton farmers, the ethanol double subsidy farmers, and the soybean farmers??? Good God, they must be stopped.

Gotta get out there and file that amended corporate return for a nice cash infusion while them lazy layabouts lounge in lavish luxury with their used Kias and rent.

Yeah. Talk about your free stuff, Hoss.

Just like them "lazy" poor kids who "get over" by getting "free lunch" AND a whopping $4 a day to eat!!!!!

Anonymous said...

" The UI laws that have been in place for half a century result in the disqualification of anybody who is called back to work and refuses work."

Not exactly 2:54.

Before all of this, each work refusal issue was investigated on an individual basis. Most refusals were cut off, but not all. Many variables were taken into consideration on each case. Was it a comparable position with the same pay ? Was the former employee qualified for the new offer ? How long had this employee been out of work ? . . . such as that. My point is that it was complicated back in the "normal times".

Moreover, the biggest problem regarding refusal issues now falls on the Federal US Department of Labor.

They have failed to clarify guidelines to all 50 states on 90% of the new regulations passed since the CARES Act.

I'll be the first to point out Executive and Operational issues at the MDES, but the USDOL is to blame as well.

Anonymous said...

@254 Zuckerberg owns you already. He ain't gonna pay, you are.

Anonymous said...

Liberate the employed!!

My body my choice!!!

Tate is awesome! He’s so cool. He knows a lot about a bunch.

Try to take my guns!

Fly my bet!

Go team!

Anonymous said...

Well @ 4:04 PM.

The Capitalistic economic model did immediately respond to the results of public panic buying. (Which drastically reduced the nation's retail toilet paper supply at the start of this crap).

You still might not have access to Charmin Extra Soft, but a basic dollar store pack of TP is better than a damn banana leaf the "people" have to use in Communist Venezuela. (If they are even lucky to access a soft banana leaf)

You can thank Capitalism for the basic toilet paper resupply.

Sorry for the elementary Econ lesson.

Anonymous said...

Venezuela is broke because crooks are in charge, not because of their form of government. Look at food insecurity, medical bankruptcies, infant mortality, life expectancy, deaths of despair and income inequality in the U.S. and get back to me on what a success our economic model has been.

Anonymous said...

I got diabetes, and they want me to go back to work,,,

Anonymous said...

Democrats have taught all of America the value of 'something for nothing'. It's been instilled in all of us now (and for decades) to seek out 'something for nothing' and to live our lives within that model. We are swimming in the petri-dish of socialism and life is good.

The notion of 'What can I get for the least amount of sacrifice' is rampant. And 'sacrifice' in this context means labor, effort, physical movement or mental strain. We have become conditioned to expect and accept that which is handed to us. And, we don't like expectations and strings being attached, so, typically, none are.

Democrats could not have planned this march toward full socialism any better if they had tried. But...wait.

Anonymous said...

I have 30ish employee's, have never shut down but 5 of them are getting 700 a week and won't come back to work, con-artist.

Anonymous said...

If they can print money from nothing for nukes, stealth bomber jet, and submarines, then they can print it for me to play Nintendo all day and watch anime.

Anonymous said...

Keep listening to those folks on FOX, the keep saying the country should open up while they are still working from home and will be for the foreseeable future.

Anonymous said...

" If they can print money from nothing for nukes, stealth bomber jet, and submarines "

Very good use of my tax money.

Other than that, your comment has put the band Dire Straits in my head.
"Money for nothin' and your chicks for free " .

Anonymous said...

7:06 - I can't prove it, but neither can you disprove it...but it's my belief that roughly 10% of furloughed employees are 'working from home'. Furlough, by definition, means you're sent home, with company benefits, remaining on the company employee books, but are not being paid or allowed to work.

And it's a fact that ZERO laid off employees are working from home. Those who are allowed by their employer to 'work from home' are NOT unemployed and, unless committing fraud, are NOT drawing federal or state UI. So your input in this discussion is of no value.

Anonymous said...

I spoke with a couple of small business owners who were trying to hire people...they said they couldn't compete with the 600.00 a week Federal Assistance to not work...(15.00/hr)

Anonymous said...

Knowing someone who's job is to take and approve applications for "Free Stuff", can be depressing.

They told me so much money was just handed out after Katrina without any checks.

The next hurricane that made the news in Florida, started a rumor. Their office had to stop answering the phone because they were swamped with calls asking how to get the "Hurricane Money".

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