JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA/AP) — State lawmakers will return Thursday to consider a plan to help small businesses affected by the coronavirus.
Republican Senator Chad McMahan of Guntown said the plan being considered would make $100 million available for small businesses in good standing with the secretary of state's office who apply for help.
“Every small business under a hundred employees could receive a minimum of $15,000 and up to a $25,000 grant to help them restart their business,” McMahan said in a live interview on WTVA 9 News at 4:00.
The money would be welcome for barber shop and hair salon owners who still cannot reopen their businesses even though many retailers have reopened with restrictions.
Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn said the House and Senate “will act together to provide relief as quickly as possible this week.”
"The backbone of our economy in Mississippi is our small businesses, and now they need our support,” Gunn said in a statement.
Republican Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann said in the statement that legislators represent the whole state.
“We know Mississippi’s small businesses — our local restaurants, barber shops, hair salons, and retail shops — need help," Hosemann said.
Governor Tate Reeves said this week he would like barbers and hairdressers to get some federal relief money since the government has shut down their businesses.