Mississippi’s pension system improves, but unfunded liability still tops $14 billion

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, Pensions, Politics, State Elections, State House, State Politics, State Senate  /  No Comments

PERS

Thanks to some improved returns on its investments, the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi is in much better shape, according to the newest financial report. But it still has more than $14 billion in unfunded liabilities.

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Democratic control on the line in Minnesota on Election Day

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  Elections, Minnesota, News, Politics, State Government, State House  /  No Comments

MN Jobs Coalition Legislative Fund Photo.

Regardless of whether Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton holds on to his job next week as polls suggest, Minnesota voters appear poised to topple one party rule in St. Paul on Tuesday.

Even as Governing magazine moved the race for control of the Minnesota House of Representatives into the toss-up column, political pundit David Schultz raised eyebrows by predicting the GOP will turn over the seven seats needed to retake power — and then some.

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Grammy museum in Mississippi gives U.S. taxpayers more blues

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Lobbying, Mississippi, National, News, Politics  /  No Comments

Photo by the Grammy Foundation

The Grammy Museum Mississippi received $1.2 million in federal and $6 million in state funds to build an $18 million museum in Cleveland, Miss.

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In Pennsylvania, Bill Clinton supports Tom Wolf’s taxing agenda

By   /  October 28, 2014  /  Elections, Energy and Environment, Pennsylvania, Politics, State Elections, State Politics, Taxes, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

Pennsylvania Cable News

Bill Clinton uses the same message he has used for other candidates, personalizing his speech to Tom Wolf, and keeping in step with his folksy brand.

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Mississippi’s ‘Tower of Pork’ costs taxpayers $352 million

By   /  October 28, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Government Waste, Mississippi, Politics, U.S. Senate, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Photo by Steve Wilson

One of these things is not like the other. Tower of Power is a horn-driven funk band from the 1970s. The “Tower of Pork” A-3 rocket engine test tower sits idle at the John C. Stennis Space Center on the Mississippi Coast.

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Bingo arrests by state’s regulatory body are a rare event in Mississippi

By   /  October 27, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Mississippi, News, Politics  /  No Comments

Photo by the State of Mississippi

Imagine a law enforcement agency with four arrests since 2003. For those keeping score at home, that’s one arrest every 3 1/2 years.

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