StateWays - January/February 2017

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StateWays | | January/February 2017 12 W hen any organization experiences massive growth, additional re- sources are generally required in order to maintain it. The Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agency has struggled to keep up with the steady growth it's experienced for years, without seeing much in terms of additional fi nancial support from the state. The Madison-based ABC is a division located within Mis- sissippi's Department of Revenue. During the 2015 - 2016 fi scal year, the state's net operating profi t amounted to $58 million, but the ABC contributed a total of $106 million, accounting for nearly 3% of the state general fund's overall revenue. Total ABC sales for the last fi scal year were $354 million. All stores within Mississippi are privately owned, but the ABC manages the warehouse and acts as the wholesaler for the state. Currently, the ABC is led by Commissioner Herb Frierson, who was appointed by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant in July 2016. Prior to his appointment to the ABC, Frierson served in the state legislature for more than 25 years and also worked as a real estate appraiser, high school teacher and coach. His most recent position prior to being named Commissioner was Appropriations Chair, which gave him a great deal of experience working with the Department of by MELISSA NIKSIC agency agency profile Mississippi ABC DESPITE MINIMAL RESOURCES MAKING GREAT STRIDES

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