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August Update

Great News in Education

Mississippi received some great news on the education front this month. Students’ test scores across the state from this past year have essentially returned to (and in some cases exceed) pre-pandemic levels! This is huge news, as the past few years have seen drops in scores due to amended attendance policies in efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. As a member of the Senate Education Committee, I supported legislation that got our students back into school sooner and equipped our students and teachers with the tools they needed to succeed. I’m proud of our students, teachers, and parents for the hard work they put into achieving this, especially in the face of unprecedented challenges.

2nd Amendment Tax Holiday Weekend

Mississippi’s Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday Weekend is here! On Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28, firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies may all be purchased without having to pay sales tax. The Mississippi Legislature created this holiday to affirm our state’s commitment to your second amendment right to own and bear arms. As your state Senator, I will always work to protect and expand your Constitutional rights.

Pictured: Sen. Chris Johnson carries his 300 Winchester Magnum (Win Mag) on an elk hunt in Colorado.

Career Coaches Needed

Last session, the Legislature provided funds for a new career coaching program to help guide students on their journey to finding a good-paying job right here in Mississippi. The state's workforce agency, Accelerate MS, and Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District (SMPDD) are currently seeking career coaches for several counties, including Forrest County. Interested parties should check out the job description at this link:

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