An expert is telling state budget writers that Mississippi has had “lackluster” economic performance since the Great Recession.
State economist Darrin Webb also says he expects continued slow growth, partly because Mississippi has a large number of people of working age who don’t have jobs.
Webb spoke Thursday to members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, who started two days of hearings. They are considering agencies’ spending requests for the year that begins next July 1.
The Department of Revenue is requesting a slight budget increase so it can hire auditors. Commissioner Herb Frierson says it’s an effort to increase tax collections.
Jess Dickinson, the new director of Child Protective Services, says his agency wants to hire more workers and needs more office space.
BEFORE YOU GO…
… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.
If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.Click for more info