A study released this week of all 50 governors that balances their health care and economic responses to the coronavirus pandemic gave Mississippi’s Tate Reeves a B. That grade from the conservative Committee to Unleash Prosperity seems about right to me.
We don’t judge the masses who have gathered at Red Bluff near Morgantown in recent days. After weeks of being cooped up at home, people need time outdoors for their mental and physical health.
The threat of spreading the coronavirus is far less outdoors than indoors because it can’t survive long outside.
Since COVID-19 forced a temporary recess in the legislative session, I have been video conferencing with Mississippi’s K-12 students. In one recent AP government class, a student asked: How many constitutional rights do we have to give up during a pandemic?
That’s a poignant question for any state leader.
Speaking of governments in financial distress because of COVID-19, states are also in a bind, so Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently floated the idea of changing federal law to allow states to take bankruptcy.
On Monday I sat in the living room of a beautiful home in Bunker Hill. While the subject of the interview was a painful one, I still walked out of the house feeling good, not downhearted, all because while the words the dear woman I was interviewing was saying were one thing, what jumped out at me was something else: What a legacy!
Columbia and many cities like it in Mississippi will soon be facing the difficult decisions that private businesses in their communities have already grappled with.
That's because there's a two-month lag between when sales are made in stores and when municipalities receive their cut of the sales tax.
Evidently, the Attorney General’s Office in Mississippi does not have enough to do these days, so it is having to invent work that is mostly designed to curry political favor.