This is my only post for the day for I have reason to celebrate…..you see today is my birthday and I am turning 75…..which is a big deal for I never thought I would live so long.
I seldom write about my state for most people think Mississippi is just a bunch of toothless in-bred rednecks….sometimes they are not to far off the mark.
Come 01 July 2022 Mississippi will be enacting new laws.
Among the most important:
– The state’s 7.32 billion dollar budget, up 9% from the last.
– Education/Teacher Pay MAEP funding gets 83.2 Million increase. Teachers get minimum $41,638.
(National average for teachers is $56, 310….so Mississippi is doing their teachers no favor)
– Mississippi will begin gradually reducing income taxes beginning with a drop from 5% to 4.7%.
(Perfect excuse to cut social programs for a lack of income…a GOP dream)
– Medical marijuana becomes legal. 1800 people registered for the program in the first six days of eligibility.
(The process is so convoluted that it will take decades to sort it out)
– Parker’s law makes “fentanyl delivery resulting in death” a crime than get you 20 years in prison or even life in prison.
– Critical Race Theory ban: New law withholds public funding of the curriculum to be taught.
(A waste of time….the course was only taught in Law school and it was an elective not mandatory)
-Governments can no longer mandate COVID vaccinations for employees, with one exception: Healthcare.
(Typical GOP program that will likely make things worse if the pandemic returns)
-Death Penalty: the preferred method will not change, but if lethal injection is not possible the Department of Corrections will choose among several choices including firing squad or electrocution.
-New State Song: Steve Azar’s “One Mississippi” will become new “contemporary” state song, replacing “Go Mississippi” which had ties to former governor Ross Barnett.
-Prohibiting discrimination against those with disabilities.
-Allow food trucks to have liquor licenses.
(Not a very good idea)
-Changes to state name, image and likeness laws for student athletes
-Protecting student speech
-Lift ban on hearing aid coverage from state health plan
Mississippi still has its feet in the 20th century…..sometimes they are firmly in the 19th century….these laws do NOTHING to make the people of Mississippi more prosperous and safer.
This was a typical session of our government…..useless policies that is seldom in the best interests of the citizens of this state.
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