Cost of running Mississippi Legislature revealed
By: Stephan Burklin
JACKSON, Mississippi: While much time is spent dissecting the Mississippi Legislature’s outlays in the areas of health, education, and transportation, the Memphis Commercial Appeal this week provided a rare glimpse of its spending on more mundane supplies like coffee and bottled water.
According to the Commercial Appeal, the Legislature forked over more than $22,000 for java and about $13,000 for bottled water in a 13-month period ending on May 3. The Commercial Appeal also said that Mississippi’s deliberative body set aside $2,600 to hire Magnolia Clipping Service to see what their hometown papers had to say about their actions. Other cited costs include computer system maintenance, printing supplies, and similar expenses.
According to the Appeal, taxpayers paid a sum of $20.6 million to run the Legislature for the 13-month period ending on May 3 (where the session was 125 calendar days), in contrast to the $18.5 million spent during the previous year (where the session was 90 days).
The Appeal also reported that lawmakers were reimbursed at 51 cents per mile for driving to and from the state capital.
In Mississippi, legislators earn a $10,000 base salary with $1,500 monthly in interim pay when the Legislature is not in session. Special sessions net them $75 per day. Committee meetings earn them $40 per day.
- [ http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/jul/23/running-mississippi-legislature-is-expensive/ ‘’Commercial Appeal “Running Mississippi legislature is expensive” August 15, 2012]