How KiOR Used Mississippi’s Subsidy-Happy “Economic Development” Officials To Snag $75 Million.

By MississippI PEP Staff | July 30th, 2017 at 2:32 pm

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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, Economic Development, Ethics, Governor, Haley Barbour, Immorality, Job Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Politics, Spending, Taxes

KiOR executives hoodwinked Barbour and other Mississippi officials about its ability to produce large amounts of a cheap bio-crude that oil companies could refine.

PLUNKETT: Live By The Sword . . . Petition Turns Table On Vitter And Bjork At Ole Miss

By Keith Plunkett | July 30th, 2017 at 6:20 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: Commentary, Contributor, Culture, Feature Stories, History, Keith Plunkett, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Ole Miss, Opinion, Oxford, State Flag

“Both Vitter and Bjork have failed to elevate Ole Miss to the next level, temporary successes are great, but the current state of the program as well as the information still coming out suggest a very long road to recovery. Everyone in power at Ole Miss knew this collapse was coming. So lets place blame where blame is due.”

Bill Crawford Suggests Lawmakers Approval Of Sports Betting Was Intentional.

By MississippI PEP Staff | July 24th, 2017 at 7:03 am

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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, Ethics, Gulf Coast, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Philip Gunn, Politics, Revenue, Sean Tindell, State Lottery, Tate Reeves

Legislators are saying they didn’t know the bill they passed this year to tax fantasy sports betting may open the door for Mississippi casinos to offer and control Las Vegas style sports betting. Governor Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn are saying that was not the intent of […]

PENDER: Passing Legislation Shouldn’t Be Efficient

By MississippI PEP Staff | July 23rd, 2017 at 9:18 am

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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, Ethics, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Public Service, Republican, Spending

I’m all for government running more efficiently in most cases. But not legislation. I suggest it should be relatively difficult to pass laws and spend tax dollars, and the more people with a hand in the process, the better.

PLUNKETT: Government Data Collection: It’s Not The Governments Story To Tell

By Keith Plunkett | July 21st, 2017 at 11:07 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: Civil Rights, Commentary, Common Core, Contributor, Economy, Education, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Governor, Institutes of Higher Learning, Keith Plunkett, Liberty, MDA, MDE, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State University, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, US Congress

Unelected state agency directors using government data collection information from a federally funded data program at a university heavily dependent on federal subsidy want to tell Mississippi’s story.

COST: Republicans Lack Conviction To Reform Entitlements

By MississippI PEP Staff | July 21st, 2017 at 5:20 am

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Filed Under: Commentary, Democrats, Entitlements, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Medical Care, National, Opinion, Politics, Republican, US Congress

What is needed is a GOP that is as committed to reforming entitlements as the Democrats are to expanding them. Democrats knew, in 2009-2010, that Obamacare was politically unpopular and might undermine their personal political aspirations. But many of them voted for it, anyway. Why? Because expanding federal benefits is embedded in the DNA of their party and is a central element of the modern progressive’s self-conception. Republicans have no such core conviction, and it shows.”

Commercial Dispatch: State Government Officials “Reckless” Attitude Over Economic Development Insulting To Mississippi Taxpayers.

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 23rd, 2017 at 3:22 pm

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

Filed Under: Banking and Finance, Business, Commentary, Culture, Economic Development, Economy, Ethics, Feature Stories, Governor, Job Growth, MDA, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Republican, Spending, Taxes

Over the past half dozen years, our state leaders — through the Mississippi Development Authority — have given hundreds of millions of taxpayer-funded incentives to companies to recruit out-of-state industries. While we recognize the importance of making our state attractive to these companies, we also expect our leaders exhibit prudence and restraint. That means making […]

Hampton: Every Issue MS Legislature Dealt With In Special Session Existed In “Regular” Session

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 12th, 2017 at 8:39 am

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Filed Under: Commentary, Culture, Governor, Gulf Coast, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Republican

I would have thought a political party with super majorities in the House and Senate and control of all statewide office with the exception of the Attorney General’s Office could hide their shenanigans in plain sight. Turns out, it was disagreement in the Republican Party that led to the special session.

GUAJARDO: Legislators Should Take Time To Get School Funding Formula Right

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 4th, 2017 at 4:59 am

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Filed Under: Commentary, Education, Legislature, MAEP, MDE, Mississippi, Opinion, Philip Gunn, Spending

Critics hammered the MAEP rewrite process early on because of the lack of transparency. It seemed like closed-door meetings and contracts initially withheld but later made public were the norm in the beginning. Then came a quickly called public hearing in Jackson and promises that site visits were being conducted in school districts across the […]

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

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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 […]