December 13, 2018

Since a big change in 1999, the cost of living adjustment for the state's defined benefit pension fund has become a huge downward pull on the plan's finances.

The cost of living adjustment or COLA paid to retirees by the Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississipp...

December 10, 2018

The Mississippi Public Service Commission could have two new members after the 2019 election. 

Central District Commissioner Cecil Brown announced Monday that he won't be seeking a second term on the three-member commission that regulates utilities and that the 74-year-...

December 6, 2018

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee released its budgetary recommendations for fiscal 2020 Wednesday, promising a 1 percent overall cut from last year's appropriations

There is about a $213.4 million difference between the legislative proposal and the one issu...

December 4, 2018

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.

PEER also sai...

November 29, 2018

The Mississippi Retired Public Employees' Association says that it won't accept any changes to the state's defined benefit pension system with the 2019 statewide elections less than year away.

In her letter to members in the newsletter, MRPEA president Ann Thames said,...

November 27, 2018

The Municipal Gas Authority of Mississippi's governing board approved in August a natural gas purchase contract that could last for 31 years and cost up to $800 million.

It won't be the first purchase for MGAM, as the agency is tasked by law with supplying the stat...

November 21, 2018

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.

According to the...

November 19, 2018

When it comes to transparency with the state government's financial reporting, Mississippi is far from last according to a newly released report.

The non-partisan financial advocacy group Truth in Accounting ranked Mississippi sixth nationally, tied with five other sta...

November 15, 2018

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.

The auditor's office also recommends that...

November 14, 2018

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.

What they're not telling you is that the MAEP...

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