Friday, January 29, 2010

A list of potentially safe funds that's even more broad...

According to Section 27-104-13, which the MSSC cited today, only agencies which receive monies from the general fund and "state-source special funds" may be cut by the executive branch.  The language of subsection 3 of 27-104-13 makes it clear what is NOT a "state-source special fund":
(3) For the purpose of this section, the term “state-source special funds” means any special funds in any agency derived from any source, but shall not include the following special funds: special funds derived from federal sources, from local or regional political subdivisions, from agricultural commodity assessments, or from donations; special funds held in a fiduciary capacity for the benefit of specific persons or classes of persons; self-generated special funds of the state institutions of higher learning or the state community or junior colleges; special funds of Mississippi Industries for the Blind, the State Port at Gulfport, Yellow Creek Inland Port, Pat Harrison Waterway District, Pearl River Basin Development District, Pearl River Valley Water Management District, Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District, Yellow Creek Watershed Authority, or Coast Coliseum Commission; special funds of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks derived from the issuance of hunting or fishing licenses; and special funds generated by agencies whose primary function includes the establishment of standards and the issuance of licenses for the practice of a profession within the State of Mississippi.


To my knowledge, Barbour has not attempted to make cuts to the agencies funded by non-state-source special funds.  This has been quite the educational afternoon, at least for me.

3 comments:

Tom Wright/blogtw4 said...

Nice job covering this, Matt.

Donna said...

I second that. Good blogging.

Matt Eichelberger said...

Thanks, y'all. I appreciate it.