1997 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Hall, Burton, Woodfield, Carter, Gollott, Stogner, Walls
Senate Bill 3154
(As Sent to Governor)
AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO DEFRAY THE EXPENSES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 1998.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. The following sum of money, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any money in the State General Fund not otherwise appropriated, to defray the expenses of the Department of Economic and Community Development for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1997, and ending
June 30, 1998 $ 29,980,748.00.
SECTION 2. The following sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any money in the State Treasury to the credit of the Department of Economic and Community Development or the appropriate special fund for the purpose of defraying the expenses incurred in the operation of the various divisions of the department for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1997, and ending June 30, 1998
SECTION 3. With the funds appropriated under the provisions of Sections 1 and 2, the following positions are authorized:
Permanent: Full Time. . . . . . . . . 331
Part Time. . . . . . . . . 7
Time-Limited: Full Time. . . . . . . . . 43
Part Time. . . . . . . . . 3
From the funds appropriated in this act, funds may be expended for the following purposes, in compliance with policies established by the State Personnel Board and any conditions placed on such expenditure:
(a) The components of the Variable Compensation Plan shall be maintained within the constraints of the funds appropriated herein.
(b) Funds shall be used to fund the "Realignment" component at the requirement established by the State Personnel Board.
(c) Subsequent to the application of Realignment, as specified in Subparagraph (b), above, funds shall be used to provide all eligible state employees employed on or before June 30, 1996, a Three Hundred Dollar ($300.00) "In-Service" COLA base salary increase effective July 1, 1997.
(d) All eligible state employees employed on or before June 30, 1996, shall receive a one percent (1%) salary increase on the first day of the month following their anniversary hire date.
(e) To be eligible for the salary increases specified in Subparagraphs (c) and (d), above, employees must have a current overall performance appraisal rating of "meets expectations" (2.0), or above, on the effective date of the increase. Employees who, subsequent to their eligibility date, receive a performance appraisal rating of "meets expectations" (2.0), or above, during Fiscal Year 1998 shall receive the salary increase effective the date of the rating. If an eligible employee is currently at or above end step for his or her job classification, or should this salary increase cause an eligible employee's salary to exceed end step, that portion of the increase exceeding end step shall be built into the employee's base salary.
It is the agency's responsibility to make certain that funds required to be appropriated for Personal Services for Fiscal Year 1999 do not exceed Fiscal Year 1998 funds appropriated for that purpose unless programs and/or positions are added to the agency's budget by the Mississippi Legislature.
No general funds authorized to be expended herein shall be used to replace federal funds and/or other special funds which are being used for salaries authorized under the provisions of this act and which are withdrawn and no longer available.
SECTION 4. Of the funds appropriated in Section 2, the amount of Four Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($450,000.00) shall be provided from the Motor Carrier Regulation Account to defray the expenses of the Department of Economic and Community Development in operating the state welcome centers.
SECTION 5. The acceptance and expenditure of funds, and interest on such funds, received from, or by virtue of consent or other orders of or agreements involving any agency, instrumentality, or judicial tribunal of any state or the United States for petroleum price compliance and allocation which may become available during the 1998 fiscal year for the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development or any programs sponsored under the terms of the receipt of these funds are hereby authorized not to exceed Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00) and approved, provided such receipts and expenditures are reported and otherwise accounted for in accordance with Section 27-103-101 et seq., and Section 27-104-1 et seq., Mississippi Code of 1972.
SECTION 6. It is the intention of the Legislature that the Department of Economic and Community Development is hereby authorized to escalate and expend funds from any source not to exceed Five Million Dollars ($5,000,000.00) in accordance with rules and regulations of the Department of Finance and Administration in a manner consistent with the escalation of federal funds.
SECTION 7. It is the intention of the Legislature that the Department of Economic and Community Development shall maintain complete accounting and personnel records related to the expenditure of all funds appropriated under this act and that such records shall be in the same format and level of detail as maintained for Fiscal Year 1997. It is further the intention of the Legislature that the agency's budget request for Fiscal Year 1999 shall be submitted to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee in a format and level of detail comparable to the format and level of detail provided during the Fiscal Year 1998 budget request process.
SECTION 8. Of the funds appropriated in Section 1, the amount of Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($7,500,000.00), or so much thereof as may be necessary, is provided for the purpose of supporting Mississippi Tourism Advertising and Promotion for Fiscal Year 1998.
SECTION 9. Of the funds appropriated in Section 1, the amount of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,500,000.00), or so much thereof as may be necessary, is provided for the purpose of supporting, marketing, and facilitating Mississippi business growth for Fiscal Year 1998.
SECTION 10. In compliance with the "Mississippi Performance Budget and Strategic Planning Act of 1994," it is the intent of the Legislature that the funds provided herein shall be utilized in the most efficient and effective manner possible to achieve the intended mission of this agency. Based on the funding authorized, this agency shall make every effort to attain the targeted performance measures provided below:
Performance Measures FY98 Target National Development
Recruitment contacts (Actions) 5,950
Minority business contacts (Actions) 4,087
Minority business certifications (Actions) 270
Qualified prospects (Prospects) 270
Investment contacts (Entities) 250
Trade contacts (Entities) 988
Investment prospects (Prospects) 42
Requests for financing or incentives (Actions) 440
Number of tourist inquiries generated(#) 366,651
Tourists registered (Persons) 2,970,000
Existing Industry & Business
Interactions with interested businesses (actions) 7,557
Businesses assisted (Entities) 2,550
BTUs saved (Units in trillions) 65
Clients served (Entities) 31,500
Successful program completion by clients (%) 78
Clients served (Persons) 12,460
Amount of grants awarded ($) 41,900,000
Grants and loans awarded (Items) 161
Community programs delivered (Programs) 160
A reporting of the degree to which the performance targets set above have been or are being achieved shall be provided in the agency's budget request submitted to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee for Fiscal Year 1999.
SECTION 11. Of the funds provided herein, the amount of Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000.00), or so much thereof as may be necessary, is provided for advertising/promotion of The United States Women's Open Championship Tournament, if the tournament is held in the State of Mississippi.
SECTION 12. Of the funds appropriated herein, the amount of Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000.00), or so much thereof as may be necessary, is provided for the Mississippi Science and Technology Commission to develop a comprehensive assessment of the state's science and technology opportunities.
SECTION 13. Of the funds appropriated herein, the amount of Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00), or so much thereof as may be necessary, is provided for the Splendors of Versailles exhibition.
SECTION 14. It is the intent of the Legislature that, to the extent the Department of Economic and Community Development has primary responsibility for announcements of new or expanded facilities, the Department shall notify members of the Legislature in whose district or part of whose district the new or expanded facilities are located, of such announcements. However, notice shall not be required under this section if such notice would disclose confidential client information concerning a project, which information is exempt from the Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983 as provided under Section 57-1-14, Mississippi Code of 1972.
SECTION 15. Of the funds appropriated in Section 2, the amount of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) shall be derived from funds repaid to the Department of Economic and Community Development as successor to the Mississippi Research and Development Center, as intended by the Legislature and authorized in Chapter 170, Laws of 1985, which originally appropriated One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) to the Mississippi Research and Development Center for the purpose of contracting with developers for the purpose of establishing a business incubator complex in fiscal year 1986. It is the intention of the Legislature that the Department of Economic and Community Development continue to establish and operate the business incubator complexes in the State of Mississippi as authorized in Chapter 170, Laws of 1985, with any interest accumulated in excess of the One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) repaid to the Department of Economic and Community Development, as authorized by this section.
SECTION 16. Of the funds appropriated in Section 2, One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) shall be provided to the Mississippi Research Consortium for the support of the Mississippi Space Commerce Initiative, the State of Mississippi desiring to participate in this five-year, joint partnership among the Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Mississippi Research Consortium, other United States Government agencies and private industry, to establish Mississippi as the nation's leader in commercial remote sensing research, product development and information sales. It is the intention of the Legislature to build upon the expertise resident at the John C. Stennis Space Center, NASA's lead center for commercial remote sensing. The funds authorized in this section may defray, without limitation, expenses in connection with development and implementation of business and operating plans for the initiative; provided, however, that appropriate certification shall be obtained from NASA that such expenditures qualify as and satisfy any requirement for a match from the State of Mississippi in connection with the initiative.
SECTION 17. The money appropriated under the provisions of Section 1 shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of any money in the State General Fund not otherwise appropriated, and the money appropriated under the provisions of Section 2 shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of any money in the special fund to the credit of the Department of Economic and Community Development or the proper special fund, upon warrants issued by the State Fiscal Officer; and the State Fiscal Officer shall issue his warrants upon requisitions signed by the proper person, officer or officers in the manner provided by law.
SECTION 18. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1997.