Revenue exceeds estimates for second month in a row

After two fiscal years of lower-than-projected revenue collections, the first two months of the current fiscal year are off to a great start. To date, the state has collected $53 million more than expected to this point. Collections are up 8 percent more than this point last fiscal year. The numbers through the first two months are padded by individual income tax collections – 9.5 percent more than expected to date. Last year, individual income tax collections greatly missed projections, falling $104.8 million short for the year.

Speaker of the Mississippi House Philip Gunn

State hosts Southern Legislative Conference this weekend

More than 1,300 legislators and staff members from the region are expected to attend the Southern Legislative Conference this weekend in Biloxi. The conference, which is chaired this year by House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, includes legislators from 15 Southern states. The group will gather at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi. “I am pleased to welcome Southern state lawmakers and their guests to the 71st SLC Annual Meeting,” Gunn in a release. “I know attendees will enjoy their stay with us, and I hope they will leave the Gulf Coast more informed about the advances Mississippi has made.”

The meeting has received headlines recently regarding some Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus members’ boycott of the event over the state flag, which is the last in the nation containing the Confederate battle emblem.