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Outgoing Director of Dept of Finance will follow AG opinion on special funds

By: Magnolia Tribune - June 17, 2016

Outgoing leader would adhere to AG opinion

Kevin Upchurch, the outgoing state fiscal officer, said this week if he was still in office on July 1 he would adhere to the official opinions of the Attorney General’s office, meaning the state would have less revenue than originally thought for the upcoming budget year.

The state fiscal officer, who also serves as executive director of the Department of Finance and Administration, oversees the enactment of the budget, disbursing funds to state agencies based on the appropriations bills passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor.

Upchurch is retiring on July 1 so it is not clear how his replacement will handle the delicate issue of how to carry out the mandates of the Budget Transparency and Simplification Act that was passed during the 2016 session.

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