Mississippi State Government & Agencies

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MS Flag Vote

What Does the Flag Vote Mean?

by BPF Published September 10, 2020 The Mississippi Constitution has no provision for allowing voters to decide any public policy matter except amendments to the state Constitution. Yet, twice the legislature has asked voters for their opinion by use of an election ballot.  Both times, in 2001 and now in 2020, the question has been on the design of the state flag.

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MDE Procurement Laws Need Rigorous Reform

State Procurement Laws Need Rigorous Reform

Back in 2017, the MS Office of the State Auditor criticized some of the Mississippi Department of Education’s procurement practices that could lead to corruption.  So did the Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review with another report.

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Mississippi State University

Mississippi Legislature Borrowing for Public University Projects

This year, Mississippi is scheduled to borrow $86 million for brick and mortar projects at the state’s eight public universities in the midst of a game-changing pandemic.

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MS OSA Audit Plan of CARES Funding

Office of the State Auditor Plans to Audit of CARES Funding

The state auditor’s office has released its plan on how it plans to audit the $1.25 billion in federal funds sent to Mississippi. The department has already created a new website to allow citizens to track the spending of each dollar.

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Broadband COVID-19 Grant Program Fund

Broadband COVID-19 Grant Program Fund

Fifteen non-profit power associations, two rural water associations and two existing broadband providers will receive more than $66 million from a $75 million emergency broadband grant program using COVID-19 relief funds.

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Cutting Occupational Licensing Red Tape

Cutting Occupational Licensing Red Tape

Bills that give high school students the ability to earn credit for apprenticeships and another that gives the state’s Occupational Licensing Review Commission (OLRC) backward-looking review power were signed into law by Gov. Tate Reeves. The governor also approved another bill that makes it easier for military members or their spouses to earn occupational licenses.

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Watch Out for Earmarks

Watch Out for Earmarks

Legislators and taxpayers should watch out for earmarks, misplaced priorities, and general mischief that is appearing in legislation to spend almost $1 billion in federal funds that are supposed to address the costs of dealing with COVID-19.

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