Senator questions need for end of agency’s monthly revenue report

Tony Greer, executive director of the Legislative Budget Office that provides staff support for the Legislative Budget Committee, said the goal is for his staff to provide the only monthly revenue report that would be in a simpler format and would provide more information.

But Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, said he does not understand why the Department of Revenue should not continue to make available the tax information, which it is responsible for collecting and compiling.

“It is just very disturbing to call the Department of Revenue and ask for information and be told that information will come from the Legislative Budget Office,” Bryan said recently. “This is another example of the lieutenant governor and the speaker intervening with a state agency (to stop them from distributing information). It is wrong.”

But Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said there is no malicious intent.

Daily Journal
9/13/17