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Government Transparency? Be Prepared To Fight for FOIA Records

Transparency is the hallmark of a government that is for the people and by the people. The best way for citizens (not just media) to take a look beneath the hood to see the inner workings of government is the Freedom of Information Act request under the Mississippi Public Records Act — but keeping a check on government requires vigilance.

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Gas Tax Increase

Mississippi’s Infrastructure Needs and the Gasoline Tax — Gubernatorial Candidates Weigh In

Mississippi’s infrastructure issues have led to some gubernatorial candidates to call for an increase in the state’s gasoline tax.

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State Agency Waste

State Agency Waste

When legislative leaders makes decisions on how they’re going to spend our tax dollars, they usually seek the counsel of agency executive directors. Often, the agency heads will ask for more money, but rarely for less. And, of course, legislative leaders don’t have to listen to the advice they’re given, but this example defies the ruling party’s principles.

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Delta Health Alliance

Delta Health Alliance’s Administrative and Program Costs

Imagine a CEO that makes more than Mississippi’s Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer and Secretary of State combined. This CEO isn’t the leader of a successful, innovative company that’s making money for shareholders and creating jobs. Karen Matthews runs a nonprofit, the Delta Health Alliance, whose budget is dependent on taxpayer dollars from both federal and state sources while averaging about $350,000 in salary and benefits in the past seven years.

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MS PERS

Report of Recommended Changes to Economic Assumptions for PERS

Every two years, the actuaries for Mississippi’s defined benefit pension system release a report that examines the economic and demographic outlooks that underpin the financial planning. The newest one was released last month and the actuaries make some interesting recommendations for the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).

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MS Legislative Session Recap 2019

MS Legislative Session Recap

It’s easy to judge a legislature by what is passed in a session, but what doesn’t make it through the process is just as important a measure.

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