August 27, 2012 In News
Issues Orders for Timely Teacher Pay, Prohibiting Price Gouging
PEARL—As part of ongoing efforts to guard Mississippi against the effects of Tropical Storm Isaac, Gov. Phil Bryant today issued an executive order to ensure teachers in south Mississippi are paid prior to Isaac’s landfall. By law, Mississippi teachers are scheduled law to be paid by direct deposit on Aug. 31. Bryant’s order allows teachers who are likely to be impacted by Isaac to be paid early.
“The most effective thing people can do to ensure their safety during Isaac is to get out of harm’s way,” Gov. Bryant said. “I want to ensure that teachers can collect their paychecks ahead of this storm so they have the resources they need to care for their families.”
Bryant also issued a proclamation prohibiting price gouging.
“Price gouging is something to be taken seriously. Mississippians, especially those responding to the threat of emergency, deserve to be treated with integrity and fairness by businesses, and I fully expect businesses that operate in this state to act accordingly.
On Sunday, I declared a State of Emergency in order to move forward the manpower and materials necessary to protect life and property in areas that may be impacted by Isaac.
After touring the Gulf Coast today and meeting with local officials, I am issuing a proclamation to protect Mississippians and evacuees from our sister states against unscrupulous business practices like price gouging. After consulting with Attorney General Jim Hood, I feel that this action is in the best interest of consumers.
I further urge all Mississippians to finalize their emergency plans now, including making final decisions on evacuation. Residents should heed all orders issued by local emergency officials.
MEMA has activated its public information line to help address questions residents may have about Isaac. That toll free number is 1-866-519-6362.”
Emergency Impact Area Proclamation
Executive Order 1301