Despite some positive strides, times are still tough for state and local governments.
In hopes of easing the strain, officials with the city of Meridian are traveling to Washington, D.C., this week.
They say the purpose of the trip is to solicit grant money to relocate a handful of city and county departments that are in need of space.
"Most of the time, you'll hear elected officials say we have certain things we can give you, but if you never ask, you never get," said Perry.
The mayor, two council members, and the city's chief administrative officer are going on the one-day trip.
They say they hope to secure $15 million in federal funds to relocate the police department and some county departments into the old Sears building on 22nd Avenue.