While this story is from Georgia, the exact same process goes on and affects state and local legislation here in Mississippi.
On the local level, there are two different groups that work to influence the boards of supervisors and city councils to get favorable local legislation for corporate interests. The Singing River pension crisis has spilled over to the JCBOS and now threatens to return decision making to the people and away from corporate constituents.
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These are complex issues to follow. The crony capitalists hope you will lose interest. Keep watching. Keep following.