COVID-19 Update - April 15, 2020
Governor Tate Reeves Announces Partnership with Private Sector to Aid In Mississippi’s Economic Recovery

On Tuesday, April 14, in his daily COVID-19 press briefing, Governor Tate Reeves announced that he has assembled a private sector task force to help strategize the best way to reopen Mississippi’s economy. The Governor’s Commission for Economic Recovery will be tasked with developing recommendations for the state’s political leaders to consider as they help businesses and individuals rebuild and move forward. Comprised of business leaders from all across the state, the Commission will explore specific recovery needs related to manufacturing, agriculture, construction, education, energy, finance, and hospitality.

Given the impact that manufacturing has on the state’s economy, MMA will be working closely with the Commission to ensure our members’ needs are being addressed. As recommendations are developed, we will offer our members the opportunity to provide feedback that can be incorporated into the final plan.

The Governor’s Commission for Economic Recovery includes:

Joe Sanderson, Laurel

Executive Team:
Tom Gresham, Indianola
John Hairston, Gulfport
Jonathon Jones, Hattiesburg
Colby Lane, Ridgeland
Tim Smith, Corinth

Impact Committees:
Robbie Barnes, PriorityOne Bank
Jason Dean, Mississippi State Board of Education
Carla Lewis, CSpire
Lex Taylor, Taylor Machine Works
Jabari Edwards, J5 GBL, LLC
Monica Harrigill, Sunray Companies
Doug Hederman, Hederman Brothers
John Phillips, Phillips Farm
William Yates, Yates Construction
Anthony Wilson, Mississippi Power
Robert St. John, New South Restaurant Group

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Governor Reeves Announces School Closures for Remainder of School Year

On Tuesday, April 14, Governor Tate Reeves announced that schools would remain closed for the remainder of this school year. With federal social distancing guidelines in place until at least April 30, reopening schools for a few short weeks did not seem practical. Education being a priority, Governor Reeves did ask for schools to submit distance learning plans and for schools to make preparations for late summer or early fall classes as an option to make up missed school.

Date Set for House District 87 Special Election

Governor Tate Reeves has set the special election to replace Representative William E. “Billy” Andrews who resigned his position in the House on March 31 over not being able to draw his PERS retirement while also earning a legislative salary. Andrews is the second member of the House to resign over this issue.

The qualifying deadline for the HD 87 special election (Forrest & Lamar counties) is set for September 1, 2020 with the election being held on November 3, 2020.  
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