This is a news release from the office of the Lt. Gov.
JACKSON – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves today released a legislative plan to reform state contracting laws, increase government transparency, effectively spend classroom dollars and improve medical care.
“We've gotten our fiscal house in order by balancing the budget, saving for a rainy day and ending the long-time shell game of spending one-time money on recurring expenses over the past three years,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “However, I believe we're not finished weeding out wasteful spending and streamlining government programs.”
Lt. Gov. Reeves agenda includes reforms to the state's contracting laws to make it harder for individuals to defraud taxpayers and easier for Mississippians to see who has state contracts.
The full agenda is attached. Highlights include:
·Eliminating the vehicle inspection sticker.
·Placing public hospital boards under the Open Meetings Act.
·Reforming state contracting laws.
·Expanding physician residency access.
·Improving care for the mentally ill.
·Ensuring high academic standards for Mississippi students.
·Spending more on education based on effective district management.
·Providing school choice for special needs children.
·Reducing concealed carry permit fees.
·Recognizing military training for firearm permits.