JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Governor Tate Reeves outlined his plan for Mississippi’s portion of the CARES Act funds. The state will receive $1.25 billion in aid.

The governor is putting together a third party bidding oversight committee to make sure the funds are properly distributed.

Reeves said he wants part of the funds to go to school districts to provide better technology to teachers and families, who can’t afford laptops or iPads.

He also wants the money to be used to help skills training programs for workers who lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The money would also aid small businesses who need loans to keep up wages and budgets they lost from shutting down.