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Legislators may revise change in Mississippi budget process

Mississippi lawmakers could spend part of their 2017 session revising a change they made to the state budget in 2016. The Budget Transparency and Simplification Act was intended to streamline spending by wiping out the practice of some state government agencies paying others for things such as rent and technology services. It was also supposed to move all “special funds,” ...

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November bad month for state revenue collections

By BOBBY HARRISON JACKSON – The 2017 Mississippi legislative session will not be starting on a rosy note in January in terms of state revenue collections. November was a particularly dismal month for revenue collections. The report recently compiled by the staff of the Legislative Budget Committee reveals that in November revenue collections were $35.2 million or 8.8 percent below the ...

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MDA faces possible double-digit cut in budget

  By JACK WEATHERLY The budget for the Mississippi Development Authority could be cut by 11.4 percent for fiscal 2018 compared with the previous year. That’s the recommendation from the Legislative Joint Budget Committee for the state’s leading economic development agency. The committee, composed of members of both houses of the Legislature, recommends a 2.3 percent reduction in the fiscal ...

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Analysis: Budget writers prepare to say ‘no’ to requests

Directors of Mississippi government agencies should get accustomed to one word as the 2017 legislative session approaches. “No.” Based on early budget proposals released by Gov. Phil Bryant and legislative leaders, that word will be the answer to plenty of requests. Mississippi’s economy continues to grow slowly, and tax cuts are projected to reduce the money that state government collects ...

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Mississippi lawmakers examine agencies’ travel expenses

Mississippi legislators are combing through state agencies’ travel reports to try to cut costs on events such as out-of-state conferences. Members of House and Senate budget groups met Monday with several officials, including Medicaid director David Dzielak and Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher. Many agencies require multiple levels of supervisors to approve travel expenses. Dzielak said he signs off on employees’ ...

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Partisan divide shapes Mississippi budget discussions

Mississippi lawmakers are on separate tracks as they discuss state taxes and spending, with divisions defined largely by political party. During different meetings Wednesday at the Capitol, a group consisting mostly of Republicans looked for ways to trim the budget, while Democrats heard from a researcher who recommended Medicaid expansion and more education spending to close the gap between rich ...

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