Narcotics comp time

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN) Director John Dowdy should pay back the $30,000 the state auditor says Dowdy owes for improper payments he received.

Otherwise, Dowdy risks putting his boss on the hook for 10 times that much money.

Reinvest prison savings

About six years ago, Mississippi got a warning: Its distinction as the nation’s second-highest incarcerator was not financially sustainable.

If lawmakers didn’t act, the state was on a path to see its corrections expenditures rise by $266 million over the ensuing decade.

Education key to growth

Every county in Mississippi saw its average income per person increase in 2018, according to recently released federal data. At first glance that’s further indication of a state economy that is slowly building steam following what has been a long recovery from the Great Recession.


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