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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