One year later, Reeves has been allocated the $50 million but has spent only $20.7 million of that amount.
Reeves’ office, when contacted by Mississippi Today, would not provide any details of how the public money has been allocated and spent. But we obtained a breakdown from the Department of Finance and Administration, an agency that falls under the governor’s control.
Reeves allocated those funds to eight agencies — most of which fall under his direct control, according to information provided by DFA.
As of the end of May, the governor’s CARES Act funding disbursement consists of:
Supreme Court: $2.5 million allocated and $459,568 spent
Attorney General: $232,734 allocated and no money spent
Auditor: $3 million allocated and $606,588 spent
Department of Revenue: $1.5 million allocated and fully spent
Department of Finance and Administration: $6.7 million allocated and $692,482 spent
Mississippi Development Authority: $2.8 million allocated and $2.75 spent
Department of Corrections: $812,855 allocated and fully spent
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency: $32.5 million allocated and $13.9 million spent
Agencies contacted by Mississippi Today say they have used the funds to deal with issues related to combatting COVID-19. For instance, DFA spent $692,482 for such items as mailing out the checks to businesses that received grants through the CARES Act, to offset losses during the coronavirus lockdown and for other issues related to helping agencies that received CARES Act funding.
“How the remaining funds will be spent is yet to be determined, but they will be used on the unexpected expenses related to the pandemic as they arise,” said Marcy Scoggins, a spokesperson for DFA.