State auditor gives overview of state spending to GOP Women's group

State auditor gives overview of state spending to GOP Women's group

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - State Auditor Stacey Pickering presented an overview of Mississippi's fiscal spending during a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday.

Pickering spoke about the state's new comprehensive annual financial report.

"It gives us a chance to help the taxpayers in our local community, today, the women here in Forrest and Lamar County, understand how our government financially, is spending the money," Pickering said. "It's not targeting one agency, it's a comprehensive view of our state finances." 

That report and the Legislative Budget Report, just released Tuesday, can be found on the state auditor's website at osa.ms.gov.

Pickering said his office is currently engaged in several public corruption investigations, which have led to several arrests in North Mississippi.

He said his office is awaiting grand jury action in some corruption cases in South Mississippi.

"I'm proud of the job our staff does," said Pickering. "We've recovered over $26 million (since 2007) in taxpayer money that was stolen, embezzled or misspent and we're going to continue fighting for that."