Mississippi River Flooding

Mississippi faces drainage concerns on a large scale with the Mississippi River flooding. egardless of the scale, great havoc can be caused if drainage isn’t properly managed.

Mississippi State Government

City and County Tourism Taxes – Part I: The Way the System Works

City and County Tourism Taxes on Restaurants and Hotels

Cities and counties continue to collect an ever-enlarging amount of tourism taxes on restaurants and hotels. Since 2004, the amount collected by the Mississippi Department of Revenue and distributed to the taxing jurisdictions has increased 151 percent. This is due to the number of localities collecting the taxes, which has increased from 59 to 83.

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PERS of Mississippi Has Unattainable Goals

PEER Committe of Mississippi

A recently released report by the Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) Committee of the Mississippi Legislature attempts to address the fiscal issues with Mississippi’s pension system for state, municipal and county employees, but doesn’t go far enough to offer solutions to fix the ailing fund. The report mentions that the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi’s fiscal goal of reaching the 80 percent funding ratio by 2042 is not attainable.

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A BPF View on County Infrastructure

County Infrastructure

Ultimately, the responsibility for fixing locally-owned bridges falls on the counties themselves and those that are able, yet don’t take care of their core governmental functions shouldn’t get a bailout from taxpayers from other part of the state. 

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Taxpayer Contributions To Charities

Taxpayer Contributions to Charities

The state auditor needs to be given the statutory authority to investigate any non-profit organization receiving taxpayer funds. The taxpayer funds given to non-profits and all associated documentation should be subject to open records laws. 

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Tax Dollars Down the Drain

Tax Dollars Down the Drain

Government’s purpose is to provide essential services to the citizens it serves, such as roads, police and fire protection. When government gambles with taxpayer funds outside of its purview, it isn’t policymakers and the officials of the companies who suffer for their failures. It’s always the taxpayer left paying the bill.

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Local and Private Bills – “Tourism” Taxes

Local and Private Bills - Tourism Taxes

Re-authorized tourism taxes need a mandate from the citizens paying the tax and the legislature shouldn’t be in the business of retroactively allowing cities and counties to collect expired taxes. Anything less is not in keeping with the values of an elected republic.

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