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The consulting firm (EdBuild) hired to study and evaluate how the State of Mississippi funds public education released their recommendations on Monday January 16th.  Of the various recommendations, one in particular stood out as it relates to ad valorem taxes.  EdBuild’s executive director (Rebecca Sibilia) stated that lawmakers should consider giving school boards the freedom of raising local funds above the state cap of 55 mills.  The MAS lobbying team is very concerned about this part of the recommendation, and the possible negative impact this could have on local ad valorem taxes. 

ANNOUNCING 2017 MAS Minority Caucus Scholarship Application.  Please click here for the application.

Application packets must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2017.  Scholarship winners will be announced May 7, 2017.  

Local presentations from the recent County Road Show hosted by MAS and the Mississippi Association of County Engineers are now online.  Find your region's presentation here.  

If you would like to request a copy of the PowerPoint on a flash drive, please contact Stephanie Spangler at or call MAS at 601.353.2741.  

See this month's latest deals here.  

MAS members and county employees can access these great travel deals from Orlando Employee Discounts as part of the MAS County Employee Discount Card program.  

MAS and Nationwide Retirement Solutions recently partnered to offer deferred compensation services to county employees.  Nationwide has partnered with the National Association of Counties (NACo) since 1980, with more than 360,000 county employees around the country participating in the program.  

Click HERE to read a joint letter describing the program.  

Below is an opinion published in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal regarding MAS' position on the need to increase road and bridge funding.  See below for link to original article.  

OUR OPINION: Road, bridge maintenance ignored, won’t go away

Reprinted from 

Despite studied indifference in the highest echelons of Mississippi’s Republican Party leadership, the issue of maintaining our state’s highways and bridges in safe condition won’t go away.

MAS joins with NACo in sharing our support for the families and communities affected by the recent tragedies. 

“Please pray for safety, peace, unity and love throughout our state and our nation,” says MAS President Connie Rockco (Harrison).  “John Donne once said ‘No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent…any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.’”

NACo Issues Statement on Shooting in Baton Rouge

Jul. 17, 2016

NACo has published an in-depth analysis of the U. S. Department of Labor's new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rule and its impact to county government.  A copy of the report is available here.

Analysis of the Impact of the U.S. Department of Labor's Overtime Rule on Counties - June 2016