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Mississippi governor is far from state’s highest paid public official

By   /  August 19, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

Graph by Steve Wilson

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant makes $122,160, a salary that is dwarfed by 36 school district superintendents and other local officials.

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Mississippi education officials make a $19 million mistake

By   /  August 12, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Federal Government, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

CENTRAL: The Mississippi Department of Education made a $19.1 million mistake with federal funds.

A $19 million mistake by Mississippi education officials could lead to cuts or the elimination of federally-funded after-school programs.

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Kemper Project delayed another month, adds $43 million in costs

By   /  August 9, 2016  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by the Southern Company

Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project clean coal power plant will be delayed until Oct. 31, with $43 million added to the final price tag.

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Mississippi could be headed for rough seas with shipbuilder subsidy

By   /  August 8, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Louisiana, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by the Mississippi Development Authority

A Louisiana-based shipbuilder already has a facility in Gulfport, but is getting $36 million in taxpayer funds to build a shipyard in the same area.

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Mississippi inching closer to civil asset forfeiture reform

By   /  August 4, 2016  /  Accountability, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

Photo by Steve Wilson

A proposal by a state task force could bring needed civil asset forfeiture reform to Mississippi as soon as next year’s legislative session.

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Beating the civil asset forfeiture system is not without cost

By   /  August 3, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

ON CAMERA: The Rankin County Sheriff's Department already has cameras in each of its patrol cars.

Beating the civil asset forfeiture system can be an arduous enterprise, as it took a Pelahatchie woman two years and $5,000 to get her property back.

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