- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers:

Jan. 11

Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss., on audits would show where money goes:

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has put state agencies on notice that he wants more information about how they spend tax dollars.

We are convinced the best way of obtaining that information would be to require annual audits of every aspect of state government.

State Rep. Richard Bennett, R-Long Beach, is trying to do just that. He is working with State Auditor Stacey Pickering on requiring a yearly audit for all state agencies.

The investigation into the state Department of Marine Resources underscores the need for such regular audits. The DMR investigation, which has resulted in state and federal indictments, also revealed that the DMR hadn’t been audited in years.

Pickering has said his office can’t afford to audit every agency every year. But that would not be an excuse if each state agency paid for its own audit.

“Right now, cities, counties, school boards, school districts, all that, they pay for their own audits,” Bennett said. “At first blush, I’d tell you that’s the way it should be, but I’m open to look at it.”

We commend Bennett and hope he sticks to his original plan to have state agencies include the cost of an audit in their annual budgets. It is the surest way to ensure accountability.

Online:

http://www.sunherald.com

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Jan. 10

The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., on education:

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