WLOX EDITORIAL BOARD: Audit Of MS Dept. Of Education Reveals Need For Serious Checks And Balances

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 29th, 2017 at 4:24 pm

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Biloxi, Commentary, Education, Federal Government, Gulf Coast, MDE, Mississippi, MS State Government, Opinion, Spending

We recently learned that the Mississippi Department of Education misspent tens of millions of dollars. The department had to cut after school grants to repay federal money that was spent on programs for which they were not approved. Audits revealed the problem. Accountability in the education accounting department was obviously lacking. The state says it […]

PERRY: 18 Spectacularly Wrong Predictions Made Around The Time Of First Earth Day In 1970

By Mark Perry | April 22nd, 2017 at 6:13 pm

BY: Mark Perry / AEI Scholar

Mark J. Perry is concurrently a scholar at AEI and a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus. He is best known as the creator and editor of the popular economics blog Carpe Diem. At AEI, Perry writes about economic and financial issues for American.com and the AEIdeas blog.

Filed Under: Commentary, Democrats, Ethics

Let’s keep those spectacularly wrong predictions from the first Earth Day 1970 in mind when we’re bombarded in the next few days with media hype, and claims like this from the 2017 Earth Day website:

HARRISON: Legislative Process Not Like Private Sector

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 13th, 2017 at 10:40 pm

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Budget, Commentary, Legislature, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Public Service, Spending

In the real world, we all have tasks to perform and deadlines to meet. If we are not successful, there are consequences, including the possibility of losing a job.

But the legislative process is not like the private sector. In the private sector there is a boss – a person who has the final say. In the private sector, we essentially have two choices at the end – do what the boss says or find another job.

HARRISON: Will State Lottery Be On Agenda For 2017 Special Session?

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 11th, 2017 at 3:01 pm

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Budget, Commentary, Gambling, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, Phil Bryant, Philip Gunn, Politics, Republican, Revenue, Spending, State Lottery, Transportation

Governor Phil Bryant had previously opposed the lottery. But late last year, Bryant’s position on the lottery shifted. He cited the number of Mississippians purchasing lottery tickets in neighboring states, taking money out of the state, as the reason for his support for the lottery.

Internet Sales Tax Will Drive Up Compliance Costs, Disincentivize Growth And Reduce Jobs For MS Web Based Companies

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 9th, 2017 at 7:25 am

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Business, Commentary, Economy, Ethics, Gulf Coast, Job Growth, Liberty, Long Beach, Mississippi, Opinion, Revenue, Taxes, Unemployment

The vast majority of web-based businesses are small to medium-sized purveyors of specialty goods, with national or global customer bases which cannot be economically served through the “bricks and mortar” business model. Other web-based businesses have attacked narrow segments of the large retailers’ offerings, competing more efficiently without the associated overhead. While tax-free has undoubtedly benefitted internet commerce, it is not the sole reason for the explosive growth of this segment. It is the opportunity to now cripple these nimble, internet-based competitors which has united the big box retailers and mega-internet participants. Governments of all size, enticed by the promise of more tax revenue, are now being recruited in this effort.

PENDER: From Whom Is The Republican Leadership Trying To Keep Secrets?

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 9th, 2017 at 6:44 am

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Budget, Commentary, Education, Ethics, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Philip Gunn, Politics, Republican, Spending, Tate Reeves

Most rank-and-file lawmakers are given info on a need-to-know basis, and apparently they don’t need to know many things until it’s time to vote. This strikes me as odd, that secrecy and timing strat-e-gery have increased even as Republicans have increased their hold on the Legislature to a super-majority. The Democratic Party is barely a going concern in state government these days. From whom is the leadership trying to keep secrets?

MURPHY: Conservatives & Education Reform: Lessons from the Marriage Battle

By David Murphy | April 5th, 2017 at 10:51 am

BY: David Murphy / Historian

David Thomas Murphy is a historian of modern European culture and politics. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Murphy is the author of The Heroic Earth: Geopolitical Thought in Weimar Germany, 1918-1933, German Exploration of the Polar World: A History, and Murder in Their Hearts: The Fall Creek Massacre, among other books.

Filed Under: Charter Schools, Commentary, Culture, Democrats, Education, Gay Rights, Influencing Institutions, Liberty, National, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Progressivism, School Choice, Social Justice

Those conservatives who favor educational reform, who favor greater diversity in the application of state-collected money, currently face an unprecedented, even historic, opportunity, under perhaps the most sympathetic administration and Congress they have enjoyed in decades. Not since the late 1940s, when with the Everson vs. Board of Education case, state-controlled schools began to exert monopolistic control over the disposition of public educational funds, has the alignment of political forces been so promising for the advocates of educational choice.

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.

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 […]

Northside Sun: Reforming And Strengthening Procurement Laws Needed To Address Corruption.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 8th, 2017 at 5:33 pm

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Commentary, County Government, Culture, Ethics, Immorality, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Public Service, Spending

These are not isolated examples but rather the tip of the iceberg, confirming a recent nationwide study showing Mississippi to be the most corrupt state in the nation.

Ultimately, the state Legislature is to blame for allowing Mississippi to have the worst public procurement laws in the nation.