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What To Know Before Voting on Medical Marijuana Amendments

by BPF Published October 23, 2020 It is important to know ahead of time what to look for on the ballot.  If you wait until you get to the voting booth to try to figure out how and where to vote on it, you might end up wanting some medical marijuana to calm your frustration.  Most of what you will see on the ballot is useless in helping you understand what you are voting on.

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MS Freedom Caucus

The Mississippi Freedom Caucus’ Letter to Governor Tate Reeves

The Mississippi Freedom Caucus has written a letter to Governor Tate Reeves addressing emergency executive orders passed during COVID-19.

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MS Flag Vote

What Does the Flag Vote Mean?

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 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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