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.
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.
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).
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.
Opponents of HB 1205 say that passage of this bill will be a blow to transparency, especially when it comes to campaigns. But HB 1205 doesn’t affect the state’s campaign finance law or make it possible for candidates to skirt the requirements.
Cake makers and other food service entrepreneurs who bake from home and who want to expand their businesses won’t be able to do it in Mississippi, at least for another year.
Some of the motion picture production incentives offered by Mississippi taxpayers were allowed to lapse in 2017 in an intelligent move by the Legislature. Some of these lapsed incentives for out-of-state companies might be coming back if a bill becomes law.