New leadership coming to state budget office

Tony Greer speaks at the Neshoba County Fair during his run for Public Service Commission in 2016.
Tony Greer speaks at the Neshoba County Fair during his run for Public Service Commission in 2016. AP

The Madison County administrator will be the new director of the Legislative Budget Office.

A joint press release from House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Tony Greer’s first day in the office that helps lawmakers write the state budget will be Nov. 21. He replaces longtime director Debbie Rubisoff, who is retiring.

“Debbie has been a long time public servant, and we thank her for sharing her extensive knowledge of the budget process,” Gunn said. “I look forward to working with Tony and continuing to streamline agency efficiencies and the budgeting process.”

Greer, who lives in Clinton, is a former Hinds County supervisor. He also was interim executive director of the Madison County Economic Development Authority.

“Tony will bring a new perspective to state budgeting with his experience in both the public and private sectors,” Reeves said.

Greer, who has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mississippi College, is a certified public accountant, a certified financial examiner and an accredited insurance examiner. He has been a senior financial analyst at the state Department of Insurance and has owned a real estate management company. He also made an unsuccessful bid for Public Service Commissioner for the Central District last year. That post was won by Democrat Cecil Brown.

“I am truly honored to be working with Speaker Gunn and Lt. Gov. Reeves to keep implementing fiscally conservative policies that save Mississippians tax dollars,” he said. Lawmakers have passed a series of tax cuts since Republicans took over the House and Senate.

Budgeting has been a problem for lawmakers because revenue hasn’t lived up to expectations in recent years. This fall, Gov. Phil Bryant cut $56.8 million from the $5.8 billion budget because of a “staff error” in the revenue estimate for the current fiscal year.

Paul Hampton: 228-896-2330, @JPaulHampton