Mississippi receiving virus relief money spread over 2 years

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FILE – In this March 11, 2021, file photo, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves speaks with reporters after signing a bill at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. A new Mississippi law will make more inmates eligible for the possibility of parole. Gov. Reeves signed Senate Bill 2795 on Thursday, April 22, 2021, and it becomes law on July 1. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators are not in session now. So it could be months before they start deciding how to spend the latest round of pandemic relief from the federal government.

The state is receiving $1.8 billion, split over two years. Another $268 million will be split among Mississippi cities and towns with fewer than 50,000 residents.

A few larger cities are receiving larger sums from a different pool of money. For example, Jackson will receive $42.1 million and Gulfport, $19.5 million.

Mississippi’s largest county, Hinds, is receiving $45 million. The only Mississippi counties receiving less than $1 million are Issaquena and Sharkey.

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