The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office is excited to introduce our “Tackle the Tape” initiative. Tackle the Tape sets out to cut regulations that are anti-competitive and do not substantially further the safety and well-being of our citizens. Our agency has always served as a premier resource for the business community, and Secretary Michael Watson understands the impact burdensome red tape regulations have on our state’s economy. Tackle the Tape will help increase economic opportunities for all Mississippians by promoting competition and encouraging innovation and job growth.
Mississippi Administrative Code
The governing code of regulations for Mississippi is known as the Mississippi Administrative Code (Admin. Code). The Admin. Code contains roughly 118,000 restrictions and 9.3 million words. It would take an individual 518 hours, or almost 13 weeks, to read the Admin. Code from beginning to end.
Currently, per capita, Mississippi is the
most regulated state in the South.

Over the last 60 years, the
number of jobs requiring
occupational licenses in
Mississippi has grown from
4% to nearly 20%.

According to the Justice
Institute, Mississippi loses
out on more than 13,000
job-creating opportunities
each year due to our
licensing regulations.

A study from the National
Bureau of Economic Research
found that occupational
licensing reduces Mississippi’s
labor supply by 17 to 27%.
You can play a role in cutting back on red tape and government bureaucracy. If you know of any costly, ineffective, burdensome or unenforced regulation affecting you or someone you know, please report it below.
*Denotes a required field
*Your Name:
*Your E-mail:
*Your Hometown:
*Please enter your message in the space provided below: (Max : 2500 Characters)