Mississippi State Government & Agencies

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MS Freedom Caucus

The Mississippi Freedom Caucus' Letter to Governor Tate Reeves

by BPF Published September 23, 2020 The Mississippi Freedom Caucus has written a letter to Governor Tate Reeves addressing emergency executive orders passed during COVID-19.

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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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MDHS

The MDHS Scandal and the Need for Whistleblower Laws

DHS Scandal – The dark specter of crony corruption once again lingers over Mississippi’s Capitol. This very sad story begs many questions.  Where is the oversight of elected officials?  Where is the stewardship of appointed officials?  Where are the whistleblower laws that would encourage, protect and incentivize whistleblowers to provide sunshine from the grassroots level and from inside state agencies?

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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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