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Legislators in Fever to Spend $1.25 Billion Gift Money

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi lawmakers are talking about how the state should spend part of the $1.25 billion it is receiving in coronavirus relief money from the federal government. Helping small businesses that have had to shut down or severely curtail services because of government orders during the pandemic will be a priority as Senators debated putting at least $100 million into a fund to help businesses with 50 or fewer employees. Applications for aid would be handled by the Mississippi Development Authority, and businesses that were impacted and not received any federal assistance would have the first opportunity.

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