Unauthorized Expenditure of Public Funds
The Office of the Mississippi Attorney General has a history of circumventing the legislative appropriation process and using settlement money from the virtually limitless lawsuits filed by that office to fund pet programs without legislative enactment. Years ago, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that the Attorney General improperly directed unappropriated public funds for The Partnership. Unfortunately, this abuse of power appears to be happening again. The Attorney General and the State Treasurer have together attempted to divert, without legislative authority, settlement funds to yet another unauthorized pet program, Financial Literacy. Regardless of the merits of either pet program, our elected officials have to follow the law when it comes to spending taxpayers’ money. Our next Attorney General must end this cycle of abuse.