Aluminum Mill Development Will Transform Golden Triangle, Lt. Gov. Says

Jackson, Miss. (Mississippi Today) - The Mississippi Legislature, in a one-day special session with only a handful of dissenting votes, approved $247 million in taxpayer-funded incentives to help a company build an aluminum mill and other operations near Columbus and create at least 1,000 jobs. Lt. Gov. Hosemann said Mississippi was in competition with at least two other states for the project. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday when he called the special session on short notice that the incentive package needed to be approved quickly to help the company with “speed to market” and ensure the mill was built in Mississippi. State officials said they agreed not to name the company until the deal was inked, and referred to the [...]

Miss. Senate Blocks Mandated Covid Vaccine for Schoolchildren Under Hosemann’s Leadership

Jackson, Miss. (SuperTalk) - On Thursday, an advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted in favor of adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the recommended immunization schedule for children and adults. The decision stirred controversy on social media after Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed that the CDC would be mandating COVID-19 vaccines for schoolchildren. The CDC responded to Carlson’s claims by stating that the CDC does not establish vaccination requirements for schools and childcare centers. Vaccination requirements and mandates are left up to the states, not federal agencies. For the sake of clarification, Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann recently reminded Mississippians during an appearance on The Gallo Show that such mandates would not be enacted in [...]

Legislature’s Investments in Broadband Under Hosemann Result in 100,000 Subscribers Through Electric Co-Ops

Jackson, Miss. (Y'all Politics) - Since 2020, 100,000 rural Mississippi residents have subscribed to and received reliable high-speed internet from 17 wholly owned subsidiaries of electric cooperatives across the state, this according to the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi (ECM). The 17 electric cooperative subsidiaries have collectively built nearly 25,000 miles of fiber optical cable and invested more than $760 million for high-speed internet infrastructure. “These 17 electric cooperatives began offering high-speed internet in 2020, so in just a short two-year time span, the cooperatives have created subsidiary organizations, secured funding, completed engineering design plans, constructed fiber lines, and are serving 100,000 rural residents with quality high-speed internet service,” ECM said in a release. “The number of subscribers continues to grow every [...]

ARPA Funds Provided by Senate Will Help Upgrade Hwy 182 in Starkville

Starkville, Miss. (The Reflector) - Starkville is using its $6.3 million in American Rescue Plan Act Funds to improve sewer, water and stormwater infrastructure on Highway 182, Main Street and Lampkin Street. In September, the city applied for matching funds from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s Mississippi Municipality and County Water Infrastructure (MCWI) grant. Additionally, Highway 182 qualified for a $12.5 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant through the Mississippi Department of Transportation in 2019. MDOT estimated the construction cost of the Highway 182 project at $19 million in September, according to associate city engineer Chris Williams. The total cost is estimated to be $26 million, including design plans. The BUILD grant will cover sewer, water [...]

Lt. Gov. Provides Update on Session Ahead

Biloxi, Miss. (WLOX) - The Mississippi Legislature may be in recess, but work continues on issues like tax revenue, and fixing our state's roads and bridges. Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann gives us an update from Jackson. View Original Story (Oct. 22, 2022)

Hosemann Says State Has Planned Responsibility for Possible Recession

Columbus, Miss. (The Dispatch) - Coming off of a legislative session that saw multiple major bills passed such as the $246 million teacher pay raise and the $525 million income tax cut, Mississippi currently has $2.5 billion baked to start this fiscal year. Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann said the state is in the best shape it has been in a long time when speaking to the Starkville Rotary Club on Monday at the Hilton Garden Inn. “We have positioned Mississippi, in just three years, to where we have paid down our debt, we’ve given the largest teacher pay raise, cut taxes, have $2.5 billion in the bank and we are prepared for the next three years,” he said. He said [...]