Budget & Tax

Budget decisions directly influence the quality of education that our children receive, the condition of the roads that we travel, the safety of our communities and the level of trust we can place in professionals such as doctors, dentists, pharmacists and nurses. Strong fiscal systems are needed to ensure that the funds are available – in a good economic times and in bad economic times – to cover the costs services that Mississippians depend on everyday.

Featured Reports & Facts Sheets

March 17th, 2015
Big tax cuts that largely benefit corporations and wealthy Mississippians are unaffordable and will erode our ability to support schools, universities, roads and bridges and public safety. Big tax cuts will undermine our future by making it harder for the… (read more)
January 28th, 2015
Mississippi families are struggling to make ends meet despite working hard and playing by the rules. The federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) gives many of these families the boost they need to be more financially secure. Mississippi can also… (read more)
January 9th, 2015
The 2015 Legislature will create the 2016 budget over the next few months. Throughout the fall of 2014, policymakers gave us a glimpse of what their budget plans are for 2016. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee Recommendation will become the… (read more)

All Reports & Facts Sheets

December 17th, 2014
Last week, we posted a summary of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee’s (JLBC) budget recommendation. The recommendation includes cuts to most state budget categories despite revenue growth and full reserves. The recommendation will serve as a starting point. Legislators may… (read more)
December 10th, 2014
The Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) of the Mississippi Legislature adopted its budget recommendation yesterday for the next budget year. The recommendation will be used as the starting point for budget debates during the upcoming legislative session. Despite projected general… (read more)
August 4th, 2014
As state revenue has returned to pre-recession levels, lawmakers have begun to talk about tax cuts as a way to make the state more economically competitive and help working families.  No specific proposals have been released, but below are some… (read more)
June 20th, 2014
With the upcoming primary runoff, much attention has been paid recently to the amount of federal funds for specific areas of the state budget.  In our first of a series of posts about the newly crafted FY 2015 state budget,… (read more)
December 4th, 2013
The Joint Legislative Budget Committee released their budget recommendation for the FY 2015 budget year December 2.  Here are some key points from the budget.  Watch for a more thorough analysis of the budget later this week.  The budget totals… (read more)