Who’s holding the state agencies accountable?

Over the weekend, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ office issued a press release in which Reeves congratulated legislators for “a conservative budget that adequately funds state agencies.”

But what guarantee does he or anyone in Mississippi have that all those billions of dollars will be spent in an outstanding manner?

None.

There is no such guarantee because Mississippi does not require every agency of state government to be audited on an annual basis. Years can go by before there is any accounting of millions of dollars.

Sun Herald
4/6/13