Mississippi State Government & Agencies

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CARES Act Money

One-Time CARES Act Money for Recurring Expenses

by BPF Published May 6, 2020 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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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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Donor Privacy Legislation

Mississippi’s New Donor Privacy Legislation

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.

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Cottage Food Entrepreneurs

Cottage Food Entrepreneurs Stifled

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.

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Film Incentive Programs

Film Incentive Programs

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.

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MS Legislative Halftime Report 2019

2019 MS Legislative Halftime Report

The 2019 Legislative Session, apparently by design, has been relatively uneventful compared to previous years, with few highly controversial bills being passed out of committee. Now more than halfway through the session, the House and Senate have passed the deadline for approving bills that originated in their own chambers. They are now considering bills approved by the other chamber. Except where noted, the following bills are still alive.

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