Two months does not make a fiscal year. But Mississippi Republican leaders, who crafted an extremely tight budget this year, have to be thrilled that state tax revenues for July and August are $53.7 million higher than a year ago.
Like many Yazooans, we’ve been eagerly anticipating future economic development on the Willie Morris Parkway, so it has been a wonderful surprise to see the new developments on Jerry Clower Boulevard and on Main Street take place first.
It’s unclear whether covering state government in Mississippi turns reporters into cynics, or whether cynical reporters are naturally attracted to a beat where there is so much about which to be cynical.
Clearly, the Mississippi Department of Education can’t be trusted to rate how its own schools are doing. There’s just too much incentive to inflate the academic performance to make officials look good.
We hope that Gary Edwards, warden of the Yazoo County Correctional Facility, has a thicker skin when dealing with inmates than he does when dealing with factual accounts of the budget of the operation he’s responsible for managing.