The Mississippi Legislature's chief watchdog group says in a new report that the taxpayer-funded Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau has no working budget and spends more on personnel costs and less on advertising than other comparable tourism bureaus.
Gov. Phil Bryant released his budget proposal for the next fiscal year last week that would spend $170 million more than last year and includes money for a teacher pay raise, more money for college student financial aid and another trooper school.
Mississippi state Auditor Shad White's office unveiled a report Wednesday that says that none of the state's community colleges employ internal auditors and that changes need to be made to this policy to protect taxpayer funds.
When public school advocates talk about schools being underfunded in Mississippi, they cite how the state's funding formula, the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, has only been fully funded twice in its 20-plus years.