Trade show goers gather under the pavilion in Founders Square to hear from Mississippi political leaders. The annual event was canceled last year due to COVID-19 but resumed this year with just as much energy and excitement. During yesterday’s political speeches, Republican Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann discussed important laws that were passed last year.
“Broadband is now available to more than 50,000 households. We have with our cooperatives. Plus, we’re using fiber from the utility companies, and it’s the future for Mississippi. ”
Legislators have invested millions in increasing ICU bed capacity in hospitals. Hosemann says investing in COVID-19 cases and their impact on the state health system during this 4th wave will make a difference.
Looking ahead, Hosemann is inviting Mississippi residents to attend eight public redistribution hearings held across the state starting next month. And later in August, he says lawmakers will begin hearings on reforming the state tax system.
“It’s important to pay attention to that, and it’s important how we reorganize taxes in Mississippi,” says Hosemann.
“It’s your money. Be careful and join us in the tax reform.”
After the state’s Supreme Court rejected Initiative 65 to legalize medical marijuana in May, lawmakers began work on an alternative measure.
Hosemann says the Senate will submit a bill by the end of next week.
“We intend to pass medical marijuana law and return the initiative process to the people.”
Hosemann says it is not clear whether Governor Tate Reeves will convene a special session for lawmakers to deal with both issues. Reeves will speak at the show today.