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REALTORS Endorse State Auditor Stacey Pickering

Dear Friend, I’m honored to once again receive the endorsement of the Mississippi Association of REALTORS for my re-election campaign. Since my time in the Mississippi Senate and the past eight years as State Auditor, the Mississippi Association of REALTORS has been a great friend to me. REALTORS represent an integral part of the fabric that makes our local communities grow and improve our quality of life across Mississippi. They understand the importance of transparency, accountability, hard work, and the American dream. With your help, I will continue to work towards bringing transparency and accountability that Mississippians desire to see… Read More

WCBI: State Auditor Speaks to Lowndes Co Republican Women in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering was in Columbus this afternoon talking about his record as the guest speaker for the Lowndes County Republican Women. Pickering has been in office as State Auditor since 2007. In that time, he’s helped facilitate 150 guilty pleas and recovered nearly 20 million dollars in state funds. He says public corruption erodes tax payer trust and his office will continue to hold those who break that trust, accountable. “At the Auditor’s Office, we’ve been very aggressive in finding public corruption in Mississippi. It’s been several reports, some saying we’re the most… Read More

259 Felony Counts Issued in Alcorn County Following OSA Investigation

CORINTH, Miss.- A year-long investigation by special agents from the Office of the State Auditor has resulted in the filing of 259 criminal charges and the arrest of a member of the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors, the county purchase clerk, and three county vendors. All are alleged to have taken part in various conspiracies designed to and resulting in the embezzlement of public funds. “The taxpayers of Alcorn County should be incensed that an elected official and a county employee were literally ‘cooking the books’ with the aid and assistance of three local residents,” State Auditor Stacey Pickering said…. Read More

State Auditor Informs Legislature About MAEP Formula Flaws

JACKSON- State Auditor Stacey Pickering has notified the Legislature of his concerns with the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) formula. The report provides detailed information to lawmakers on the MAEP formula in advance of the upcoming 2015 legislative session. “Each year the Office of the State Auditor provides an overview of MAEP funds, how arbitrary changes are continually made to the formula, and how funds are used, or not used, for our students,” Pickering said. “Accountability issues are a major concern of this office, and it is past time for the MAEP formula to be seriously examined.” Four flaws discussed… Read More

State Auditor Pickering: MAEP Formula Not Reliable

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Adequate Education Program, also known as MAEP, is the formula used to fund public school districts in the state. The State Auditor, Stacey Pickering says there is a flaw in the system when it comes to districts reporting the number of students attending school. “What we’ve found in the last 12 months is most of the school districts we’ve audited are not actually following the 63 percent law and have not implemented it,” says Pickering. He adds for the last few years he hasn’t validated and certified the MAEP formula for the state. In 2013… Read More