Mississippi

TIA Data

2016 Financial State of Mississippi (Released 6/15/2017)

 
Mississippi owes more than it owns and ranks the 33rd out of the 50 states.
Mississippi's Taxpayer Burden™ is -$11,900, and received a "D" from TIA.
Mississippi is a Sinkhole State without enough assets to cover its debt.
Elected officials have created a Taxpayer Burden™, which is each taxpayer's share of state bills after its available assets have been tapped.
TIA's Taxpayer Burden™ measurement incorporates both assets and liabilities, not just pension debt.
Mississippi only has $5.8 billion of assets available to pay bills totaling $14.4 billion.
Because Mississippi doesn't have enough money to pay its bills, it has a $8.6 billion financial hole. To fill it, each Mississippi taxpayer would have to send $11,900 to the state.
Because of an accounting rule implemented last year, Mississippi has to report its pension debt on its balance sheet. This year, the state's reported pension debt grew from $4.3 billion in 2015 to $5.4 billion in 2016.
Despite reporting most of its pension debt, the state is still hiding $535 million of retiree health care debt. A new accounting standard will be implemented in two years, and will require states to report this debt on the balance sheet.
The state's financial report was released 295 days after its fiscal year end, which is considered untimely according to the 180 day standard.
 

Prior Years' TIA Data

2015 Financial State of Mississippi

2014 Financial State of Mississippi

2013 Financial State of Mississippi

Other Resources

Mississippi Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports

Publishing Entity: Mississippi Office of the State Auditor

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