Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Warns Of “Very Severe” State Budget Cuts.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 27th, 2017 at 8:05 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Governor, Leadership, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, News, Phil Bryant, Revenue, Spending, State Bonds, State Lottery, Vicksburg

Former Legislator George Flaggs, now Mayor of Vicksburg, is warning city officials to prepare for financial setbacks related to emergency spending cuts of the state budget by Governor Phil Bryant. The Vicksburg Post reports that Flaggs discussed the potential effect of the cuts on the city with city division heads Friday, and has asked accounting […]


Senate Committee Passes Bill Giving Governor’s Office Authority Over Licensing Board Rules

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 25th, 2017 at 6:57 am

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Filed Under: Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant

House Bill 1425 , which passed the Mississippi Senate’s Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency Committee on Friday, would require board directors to send rules to the governor. The governor would be able approve, modify or kill them.


MDOT Spending Money On Slick Video Production To Convince Voters The Dept. Needs More Money.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 24th, 2017 at 6:56 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Business, Ethics, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, News, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, Transportation

Unfortunately for those advocating for raising the gas tax, this video raises a more basic question: “Why Does MDOT Spend Money On Promotional Material Instead Of Roads And Bridges?”


MS Power Wants Kemper Plant To Run On Lignite Coal Despite Lower Cost Of Natual Gas

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 24th, 2017 at 6:28 am

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Filed Under: East Mississippi, Mississippi, News, Public Service Commission

Despite the study, the company plans to press ahead with a proposed rate increase to cover the costs of building the plant’s two gasifiers, which convert lignite mined on site into synthesis gas to fuel the facility’s electricity-generating turbines.


FISCHER: Haters Will Hate Those Who Speak The Truth

By Bryan Fischer | February 23rd, 2017 at 8:53 pm

BY: Bryan Fischer / Contributor

Bryan Fischer is the host of the daily 'Focal Point' radio talk program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association. 'Focal Point' airs live from 1-3 pm.

Filed Under: Bryan Fischer, Christianity, Contributor, Culture, Faith, Liberty, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Religion

The fundamental conflict in our culture and in our politics right now is a simple one. It is conflict between those who love the truth and speak the truth and those who hate the truth and want it repressed.


PILON: Make the Bouquet… Or Else!

By Roger Pilon | February 21st, 2017 at 9:08 am

BY: Roger Pilon / VP for Legal affairs / Cato Institute

Roger Pilon is the founding director of Cato’s Center for Constitutional Studies, which has become an important force in the national debate over constitutional interpretation and judicial philosophy. He is also the founding publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review and the inaugural holder of Cato’s B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies.

Filed Under: Business, Civil Rights, Commentary, Culture, Ethics, Gay Rights, Liberty, Opinion, Principles of Freedom, Property rights, Social Justice

Court’s haven’t yet compelled pastors to officiate at ceremonies that are inconsistent with their beliefs, but we have heard calls for eliminating the tax-exempt status of their institutions. Such is the wrath of the crowd that wants our every act to be circumscribed by law—their law, of course. And they’re prepared, as here, to force their association on unwilling parties even when there are plenty of other businesses anxious to serve them.


UC Issues Action Alert To Get Sen. McDaniel’s ‘Internet Protection And Tax Relief Act’ Out Of Committee Before February 22.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 18th, 2017 at 1:00 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Chris McDaniel, Economy, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Republican, Revenue, Spending, Taxes

McDaniel’s bill, SB3010, the “Internet Protection and Tax Relief Act,” would formally put an end to HB480 and any attempt to raise the Internet Sales Tax. It has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration. Urgent action is required to move the bill forward as it faces a February 22nd deadline in the Senate.


PLUNKETT: Dept. of Revenue Tax Rule: “Probably, Maybe, We Don’t Know . . . We Were Exploited!”

By Keith Plunkett | February 18th, 2017 at 10:10 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Managing Editor

Keith Plunkett is the Policy and Communications Director for the United Conservatives Fund, and the Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com.

Filed Under: Budget, Business, Contributor, Economic Development, Economy, Ethics, Feature Stories, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, MDA, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Revenue, Spending, Taxes

“Exactly Who Is Doing The Exploiting Here?” On February 15 the Dept. of Revenue conducted a public hearing on a proposed regulation to begin collecting sales taxes from purchases made on the internet in Mississippi from out-of-state businesses. Notice of the proposed rule change popped up back in mid-January when it became clear that a […]


MS Justice Institute Files Ethics Complaint Over Dept. of Revenue Refusal To Release Contract With Amazon

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 18th, 2017 at 6:30 am

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Filed Under: Ethics, Liberty, Mike Hurst, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Taxes

The Mississippi Justice Institute has filed a complaint with the Mississippi Ethics Commission over the state Department of Revenue’s refusal to release a copy of an agreement with Amazon for the online retailer to collect sales tax on online purchases without a court order. MJI, the legal arm of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, […]


REED: What Does the World Need More Of?

By Lawrence Reed | February 17th, 2017 at 1:21 pm

BY: Lawrence Reed / President / Foundation for Economic Education

Lawrence W. Reed is President of the Foundation for Economic Education and the author of the book Real Heroes: Inspiring True Stories of Courage, Character and Conviction.

Filed Under: Commentary, Culture, Inspirational, Leadership, Opinion

About 30 years ago, I came across a few sentences labeled “The World Needs More.” They might have appeared in Readers’ Digest, I’m not sure, and the author was noted as “Anonymous.” I’ve tried many times in the decades since to find the author’s name, but to no avail. Whoever wrote those original three or […]