MDA director’s salary bill passes; sent to governor’s desk

JACKSON — Private donors could again boost the salary of Mississippi’s state economic development director, under a plan that House members sent to Gov. Phil Bryant today.

The House agreed to changes that the Senate made in House Bill 1349, allowing donations to increase pay to the chief of the Mississippi Development Authority. Right now, law caps the salary at $183,000, 150 percent of the $122,000-a-year salary for the governor.

Private supplements had been allowed in the past, but halted. Bryant supports resuming them, saying the state needs to pay more to attract a top-tier director.

Under the plan before Bryant, donors’ names would be published. Opponents pushed today for more changes, saying the MDA chief could favor donors. Supporters conceded that possibility, but said it hadn’t been a problem previously.

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One Response to “MDA director’s salary bill passes; sent to governor’s desk”

  1. Ron williams Says:

    This is bad legislation Especially when we consider the fact that although the eminent domain initiative passed, the legislature has yet to act on it.

    The salary supplements or kickbacks, or whatever you want to call them will open the door to the same good-ole-boy politics that have blemished our State for years.

    A couple of other things while I’m commenting.

    1. The Republicans promised to oppose Agenda 21, as I do. Yet the Republicans killed Anti 21 legislation in committee.

    2. The Repuiblicans campaigned on immigration reform. Yet that legislation never made it out of the Republucan controlled Senate.

    3. The Republicans campaigned against Obamacare. ( I oppose it ). Yet they are preparing to accept the Federal Money ( bribe) and set up the exchanges associated with Obamacare.

    I have been a Republican all my life. It pains me to say these things about the party of Reagan. ( A great American ). But the truth is, we can’t trust what they’re saying because of what they are doing.

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