Head of Mississippi Center for Justice Slams Gov. Reeves’ Decision to End Federal Unemployment Benefits


Contact: Patrick Taylor, ptaylor@mscenterforjustice.org 



Jackson, Mississippi – This week, Governor Tate Reeves decided to end federal aid for unemployed Mississippians. Vangela M. Wade, president and CEO of the Mississippi Center for Justice, made the following statement in response: 


“It is absolutely outrageous that the governor of the poorest state in the nation would opt to end federal unemployment benefits. Mississippians across the state have been hit incredibly hard by the pandemic. People need the unemployment benefits to create a living wage to survive and support their families. The fact that Gov. Reeves would rather watch people struggle to stay afloat than provide them with federally provided benefits is horrendous. He’s clearly only thinking about the benefits to business, not the basic needs of his constituents.”




The Mississippi Center for Justice is dedicated to dismantling the state’s culture of inequity and injustice.  Supported and staffed by attorneys and other professionals, the Center develops and pursues strategies to combat discrimination and poverty statewide.