Q Does the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) have the statutory authority to limit salary supplements authorized under Section 37-19-7(2) to one per employee, regardless of whether that employee qualifies under more than one category of salary supplements?

A The salary supplement for an employee who meets the qualifications of more than one subcategory of salary supplements under Section 37-19-7(2) (a) is limited to six thousand dollars ($6000) per year. Payment of two salary supplements to one employee would be an unlawful donation in violation of Mississippi Constitution Article IV, Section 66. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Wright, May 2, 2014)