Mississippi budget request: Spend money to find tax cheaters

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi agency directors are requesting more money to maintain public buildings, defend the state in lawsuits and hire investigators to find tax cheaters.

Directors presented wish lists Friday to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, which is starting to plan spending for the year that begins July 1.

Department of Finance and Administration director Laura Jackson says the state should spend cash for maintenance expenses such as repairing roofs and air conditioning systems.

Revenue Commissioner Herb Frierson says tax collections should improve if he can hire more investigators to find people skipping out on taxes or filing false returns.

Attorney General Jim Hood says Mississippi faces continuing expenses over a foster care lawsuit filed years ago and a lawsuit over mental health services that was filed this year.

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