Mississipi state senator David Blount
Mississipi state senator David Blount (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An effort for Capitol Complex consolidation — which supporters say would save $5 million a year on office leasing costs and whittle the space state workers occupy to levels consistent with federal standards — died earlier this month.

The bill authored by Sen. David Blount and backed by a Millsaps College analysis easily passed the Senate but failed to make it onto the House calendar. Blount said he will try again next year.

“I’ll continue to pursue cost and operational efficiencies,” said Blount, a Jackson commercial real estate professional.

Blount’s bill also would have handed the authority for negotiating facilities leasing to the Department of Finance & Administration, the state’s property management arm. The current practice is for each state department or agency to negotiate its own lease terms.

Further, state offices scattered around the tri-county area would have been consolidated into the Capitol Complex and moved state government closer to the federal benchmark of 218 square feet of space per worker from its current 323 feet.

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