Mississippi State Government & Agencies
BPF strives to inform citizens and elected officials on its views regarding public policies that benefit or cause hard to Mississippi's economic condition. Bigger Pie believes sound public policy grounded in fiscal responsibility is a cornerstone to successful communities.
Mississippi’s individual legislators have no staff and are dependent on an army of lobbyists to inform them about particular bills and appropriations.
The tax code should be greatly simplified to only fund essential government services while eliminating the market-distorting incentives that favor the connected. Anything further is costlier to taxpayers in the end.
According to data from the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi, the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) given to retirees, often in a year-ending lump sum known as the “13th check,” is threatening to hollow out the pension fund’s finances.
Mississippi’s Attorney General is suing companies and reaching settlements that funnel money to his favorite pet projects – such as the Financial Literacy Program. The Clarion Ledger ran an opinion piece outlining how those settlements violated the state constitution and were bad policy.
PERS and the state’s budgetary issues are two main reasons for the downgrade.