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Watch Out for Earmarks

Watch Out for Earmarks

by BPF Published June 30, 2020 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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The Process for Changing the State Flag

On Sunday, June 28, 2020, the Mississippi Legislature passed a historic bill to retire the current state flag and to establish a process for creating a new one. There has been some confusion about the process of changing the state flag of Mississippi. Here is what that bill calls for.

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Less Regulations and More Freedoms

Less Regulations and More Freedoms

The Occupational Licensing Review Commission could soon perform reviews of existing regulations now that a bill is headed to the governor’s desk for signature.

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State Agency Advertising Contracts

State Agency Advertising Contracts

Imagine a talk radio network that reaches every county in Mississippi and hosts state policymakers as guests with a large proportion of its advertisements each hour coming in the form of taxpayer-funded public service announcements (PSAs). This is exactly what is occurring in Mississippi, as taxpayers have spent more $30 million on advertisements in the last six years, according to an analysis of contracts on the state’s transparency website.

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CARES Act Money

One-Time CARES Act Money for Recurring Expenses

For years, Republican leaders in Mississippi have decried, and rightly so, the use of “one-time money“ to pay recurring expenses in the state budget. Then-candidate Haley Barbour complained about Gov. Ronnie Musgrove and the Democrat-lead Legislature’s use of funds from lawsuit settlements or other single-instance receipts to pay for ongoing expenses of state government, rather than cut the budget to match recurring revenue.

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PERS Management Fees

PERS Management Fees Could Be Capped With Senate Bill 2115

A much-needed bill in the Mississippi Legislature could reduce the amount that the state’s defined benefit pension system pays to outside money managers.

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MS Legislative Session 2020

Mississippi’s Legislative Session 2020

Mississippi’s legislative session began Tuesday, January 7th. With the “conservative party” dominance from top to bottom, 2020 is a great opportunity to enact pro-growth policies that would accelerate Mississippi’s economic growth.

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