The bidding laws in Mississippi are a mess: Contractors are allowed to donate to political campaigns to get government contracts. Service contracts don’t have to be bid out. Governments are free to choose the high bidder.
Several good friends and readers have asked me to weigh in on the Initiative 42 referendum. Initiative 42 shifts the ultimate decision on school funding from the legislature to the state supreme court.
When the state Legislature passed the ill-conceived law subsidizing retail outlets, it could never have foreseen the result would be a huge zoning crisis in Ridgeland. Such is the law of unintended consequences.