Rep. David Baria asks Gov. Bryant to call special session to deal with budget.


   WJTV reports the House Minority Leader wrote a letter to Gov. Phil Bryant about the possibility of him calling a special session to address the budget concerns for the upcoming fiscal year. In the letter, Rep. David Baria said he hoped the governor would use his power to do so. He also asked that … Continue reading Rep. David Baria asks Gov. Bryant to call special session to deal with budget.

HARRISON: Budget Transparency and Simplification Act could be the first salvo in the 2019 gubernatorial election.


   BY: Bobby Harrison (Attorney General Jim) Hood says that pesky issue of separation of powers prevents legislators from – after the fact – telling agency heads that we should have said this instead of that in the law. Legislative leaders, particularly Lt Gov. Tate Reeves, said Hood’s opinions (about the Budget Transparency and Simplification … Continue reading HARRISON: Budget Transparency and Simplification Act could be the first salvo in the 2019 gubernatorial election.

State agencies request hundreds of millions in additional funds, #Initiative42 the 900-pound gorilla. 


   The current year’s state budget is about $6.3 billion, and state economist Darrin Webb told lawmakers Monday that trends point toward slow economic growth. That would translate to a modest increase in state tax collections. “One area the state continues to struggle is in income growth,” Webb said. State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright … Continue reading State agencies request hundreds of millions in additional funds, #Initiative42 the 900-pound gorilla. 

New study shows money in Mississippi has highest value in the nation. 


   The Tax Foundation, a non-partisan research organization, recently unveiled a study indicating the value of $100 in all 50 states. The value of $100 is worth the most in Mississippi ($115.21), Arkansas ($114.29), South Dakota ($114.16), Alabama ($114.03) and West Virginia ($113.12). Areas including the District of Columbia ($84.96), Hawaii ($86.06), New York ($86.73), … Continue reading New study shows money in Mississippi has highest value in the nation. 

Mississippi lawmakers question whether local school districts spending money wisely


State education officials making their legally-mandated push to support Mississippi's school funding formula were questioned Tuesday in a budget hearing about rising spending on administrators and whether lawmakers should spend more money on programs not included in the formula. The Legislature would have to add an estimated $311.7 million to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program … Continue reading Mississippi lawmakers question whether local school districts spending money wisely

Mississippi Tourism Director wants more funding.


Mississippi's tourism budget is among the lowest of any state in the country and while there are goals for increasing tourism, "The plan starts with more funding," said Malcolm White, executive director of Mississippi Development Authority's Tourism Division. "This is a spend-money-to-make-money business," he said. Competing states and destinations have much larger budgets, and he … Continue reading Mississippi Tourism Director wants more funding.

Shortages at MHP may be on legislative agenda in 2014


You’re still being protected, but there’s a risk to the way the Miss. Highway Patrol is operating. Many worn out cars with more than 100,000 hard miles on them are still in service and there’s a shortage of troopers, too. That’s what Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz told media Monday. He said there are … Continue reading Shortages at MHP may be on legislative agenda in 2014

SALTER: MS tax collections increase bucks national trend.


Among states in the Southeast, which include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, no state had a higher percentage increase in personal income tax collections than did Mississippi and the state was 15 percentage points higher than the next highest state from that group. Likewise, … Continue reading SALTER: MS tax collections increase bucks national trend.

Auditor Pickering releases Legislative Expense Report.


Mississippi spent nearly $7.5 million for salaries and expenses of state lawmakers during the 11 months that ended in early April. That breaks down to nearly $5.2 million for the House of Representatives and $2.3 million for the Senate. The figures are in a new report from the state auditor's office. The report covers expenses … Continue reading Auditor Pickering releases Legislative Expense Report.