Miss. looks for solutions in tough economic times

It’s no secret, times are tough all over and Mississippi is no exception. Unemployment is up, tax revenue is down. Some believe the state budget process is broken and education isn’t up to par.
So what to do? That’s the focus of meetings being held across the state by the Mississippi Economic Council.
Dozens of business leaders and state officials met in Jackson on Wednesday to discuss the economic woes and the desperate need for creative solutions. The group headed south to Brookhaven for another meeting later in the day.
Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant called for consolidation of some state agencies and proposed linking state funding directly to an agency’s performance, highlighting the recent findings of a commission he appointed a year ago. Bryant’s Commission for a New Mississippi first released its findings Monday.
Bryant, who as lieutenant governor presides over the Senate, plans to present the proposal to lawmakers when the Legislature convenes in January.