Thursday, October 15, 2020

Legislature Reappropriates $60 Million in C19 Relief

 Leftenant Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement. 

The Mississippi Legislature concluded its 2020 business by reappropriating more than $60 million from the Coronavirus Relief Funds allocated to the State from the federal government. Adjournment sine die, which officially ends the Session, is Saturday, October 10, 2020. 

New programs made possible by the reappropriations include:
  • $13 million in a grant program for general agriculture and poultry farming losses; 
  • $10 million for veterans’ facilities;  
  • $20 million in a grant program for residential and commercial rental assistance;
  • $10 million in a grant program for the construction of hospital ICU beds and negative pressure rooms;
  • $10 million to upgrade emergency wireless communication across the State.
“COVID has taken a significant toll on our families, businesses, and communities. It has been the Legislature’s priority to maximize funds Mississippi received from Congress,” Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann said. “When it became apparent some of the money from the previous appropriations would not be spent, legislators decided to reappropriate to necessary programs which had not yet been funded."
In their final days of the 2020 Session, legislators also provided express authority under state law for school districts to license hot spots and service for up to one year to better enable distance learning. Legislation was also passed to allow the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to purchase a warehouse to store a 30-day supply of PPE and other materials necessary to respond to COVID.
Mississippi received a total of $1.25 billion in Coronavirus Relief Funds appropriated to the State through the federal CARES Act. In May, the Legislature began appropriating the funds, beginning with a $300 million grant program for small businesses struggling from the economic shut down accompanying the pandemic. 
Any Coronavirus Relief Funds which are not spent by the federal deadline of December 30, 2020, will be reallocated to the State’s unemployment insurance trust fund.  Shoring up the unemployment insurance trust fund is also intended to help small businesses by keeping contribution rates employers pay into the fund low. 
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Anonymous said...

Not a dime to any actual first responder agencies, but MSWIN and MEMA sure got their cut!

Anonymous said...

Why does agriculture always get the money? They already get millions in subsidies from government at every level. Are people no longer eating? Why not give it to businesses that are actually impacted like hospitality or split it up evenly among all citizens or unemployed people.

Anonymous said...

zero going to pay lost wages and buy groceries. lets spend some on basketball courts

Anonymous said...

Chicken's really, yep Mississippi!
Vote no on the flag, and they will put a chicken on the next!

I prefer a Catfish (Mississippi raised of course!)

Anonymous said...

4:06 - What is MSWIN?

Anonymous said...

“ Why does agriculture always get the money? They already get millions in subsidies from government
October 15, 2020 at 4:10 PM”

Do you not know how many chicken plants we have here? Gotta keep them happy otherwise a lot of people become unemployed

Anonymous said...

Please allow me to summarize:

* Graft
* Corruption
* Theft
* Waste
* Lies

Anonymous said...

"What is MSWIN?"

Mississippi Workforce Investment Network.

That's a new name for the old Employment Security "Job Service" offices.
Once the money was spread to the Junior Colleges and other local entities, the name was changed to basically sound more important for local and state politicians that wanted to use such theatrics in their next election.

I'm not "knocking" any elected official.

However, as I retired from the Mississippi Employment Security Commission (Job Service), I do know a little about how they operate.

Anonymous said...

@7:20 uh, no. It’s the Mississippi Wireless Integrated Network. The radio network for first responders...

Anonymous said...

None of this has sheets to do with the intent of the federal covid funds. It has everything to do with how elected state lackeys think.

Anonymous said...

Dem hogs come a rumbling, stumbling, bumbling
Morals are crumbling down at da trough.

You gets yours and I gets mine
Don't go to fumbling 'round dem swines.

But ya betta bes careful and dos what's right
Dere's an auditor in town and he's named Shad White!

Anonymous said...

Lots of pork to spread around to the good ol' boys.

Anonymous said...

Did that closed down healthcare facility that never treat the 1st Covid patient get their $2 million after the veto was overturned? I wonder whose pocket that will go in?

Anonymous said...

Make sure those “Major” law firms get their share to again.

Anonymous said...

MSWIN is more like a radio system for state agencies. Most First responders aren't on the system, because of the high equipment costs or poor coverage. MSWIN claims to service these agencies because each county has the ability to temporarily "patch" into the system. Day to day, most first responders are not using the system.

Anonymous said...

A few upscale car dealers are going to see some increased cash flow. Can you say new Mercedes? New F250? New Beemer?

How about a new condo in Oxford? Destin? Redneck Riviera?

Anonymous said...

" no. It’s the Mississippi Wireless Integrated Network. "

I'd never heard of it until now.

Perhaps we need to create a new State Agency to keep up with duplicate acronyms.

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