BILLY MCCOY McCoy cautions about politicians touching PERS system


NEMS360.com - : http://www.nems360.com/view/full_story/15498722/article-B...olumn BY: Billy McCoy Caution” is the word I’d suggest before any tampering with Mississippi’s Public Employees Retirement System by the 12-member commission appointed by the governor. Do not turn PERS over to politicians or Wall Street bankers. We have an independent board elected by participants in the system representing all categories … Continue reading BILLY MCCOY McCoy cautions about politicians touching PERS system

Three tiered turnover first since ’76


NEMS360.com - : http://www.nems360.com/view/full_story/15479671/article-T...olumn JACKSON – In January 1976, Jimmy Carter was winning the Iowa caucuses to set the stage for his surprise run to the presidency. Mississippi, meanwhile, was swearing in a new governor, lieutenant governor and speaker. It’s the last time the three most powerful positions in state government changed hands simultaneously – … Continue reading Three tiered turnover first since ’76

Budget–Performance still the goal


| The Clarion-Ledger | http://www.clarionledger.com: http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110909/OPINION01/1...ome|s The unusual turnover in key leadership positions of state government has raised questions about how the budget process should proceed. Officials working on the budget now will be turning over that responsibility to a new crop of budget-writers in January. Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant is the current chairman of … Continue reading Budget–Performance still the goal

Mississippi lawmakers set Sept. 19-22 public hearings to start planning budget for coming year


| The Republic: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/61f4a6842d714c7faf0...udget JACKSON, Miss. — Top lawmakers meet later this month to start planning Mississippi's budget — a process they'll hand off to new legislators who take office in January. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee announced Wednesday that it will hold public hearings Sept. 19-22 at the Woolfolk state office building, near the … Continue reading Mississippi lawmakers set Sept. 19-22 public hearings to start planning budget for coming year

Budget Early planning necessary


| The Clarion-Ledger | http://www.clarionledger.com: http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110907/OPINION01/1...ion|p Bryant proposed that the hearings be cancelled and instead that the committee meet with Gov. Haley Barbour to adopt a revenue estimate in November. Bryant says it would save taxpayers $20,000. Of course, it would also cut out the early planning on the critical budget issues lawmakers face. Perhaps … Continue reading Budget Early planning necessary

Minor–Mississippi makes a mess of self-government


Desoto Times Tribune > Opinion > Editorials > : http://www.desototimes.com/articles/2011/09/02/opinion/ed...9.txt Earlier this year, the Legislature muffed its job of redistricting itself under the 2010 Census and Gov. Haley Barbour, who has a state constitutional mandate to call lawmakers back to work exclusively on reapportionment, shows no sign of doing so. Right now, it looks as … Continue reading Minor–Mississippi makes a mess of self-government