Report shows Mississippi Legislature cut expenses by about $3 million dollars
JACKSON, Mississippi: The annual state auditors report on the Mississippi Legislature shows that it cost taxpayers about $18 million to finance the legislative branch from June 2009 to May 2010. The 2009 report was $21 million, showing a reduction of about $3 million in expenses. However, that period did include 13 months because of special session called over budget issues. The 2008 report was at $19 million.
This reduction was due in part to anger directed at the legislature for calling on the rest of state government to reduce their expenses while the legislature was increasing theirs. This year, lawmakers insisted on avoiding special sessions. The governor did call one special session during the regular session at an additional cost of $192,484. This past May the House Management Committee froze out-of-state travel for lawmakers and limited in-state travel. Legislators receive a salary of $10,000 a year, along with $1,500 a month when out of session, and a per diem plus mileage.