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Lawmakers target travel budgets for potential cuts

By   /  October 25, 2016  /  Mississippi, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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Mississippi lawmakers intent on cutting state spending turned their sights on government travel this week, an area in which many agencies have resisted cuts despite reducing services and staff. “We are not looking to play gotcha politics here,” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves told state education officials at a hearing Monday. Reeves said the state spent […]

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Developer to get $500,000 from state to help build Vicksburg water park

By   /  October 21, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Crony Capitalism, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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The state of Mississippi will give $500,000 in bond money to help a developer build a $12.95 million Vicksburg water park

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State officials, Entergy provide rate cut on Katrina-related debt

By   /  October 20, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Energy and Environment, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Treasurer Lynn Fitch and the Public Service Commission announced the early retirement of Katrina-related debt will save Entergy customers $30.6 million.

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Report: State public pension unfunded liabilities soar to $5.6 trillion

By   /  October 19, 2016  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, National, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments


“It’s really crooked accounting going on for states and local governments,” Williams said.

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More out, less in: Altered assumptions push Florida’s pension debt up $2.6 billion

By   /  October 19, 2016  /  Florida, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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In a small, unassuming Capitol conference room last week, state pension officials made multi-billion-dollar tweaks to the Florida Retirement System’s 1.1 million-member pension plan.

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Mississippi state employees rack up $6.8 million in travel expenses

By   /  October 6, 2016  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Mississippi state agencies spent more than $6.8 million in travel expenses in fiscal 2016 and state and federal taxpayers largely picked up the tab.

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