MSU Retiree’s Readying For Action Over PERS Legislation

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 12th, 2017 at 6:06 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: Hob Bryan, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State University, MS State Government, News, PERS, PERS, Retirement, Spending

Possible changes to the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) will be the focus of an expert panel discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Association of Retired Faculty (ARF). The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. in the Hunter Henry Center on the Mississippi State University campus is free and open to the public. ARF […]

The Legacy of the Welfare State and the Loss of Mississippi Grit

By Keith Plunkett | September 8th, 2017 at 6:10 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: Civil Rights, Contributor, Culture, Democrats, Education, Faith, Feature Stories, Federal Government, History, Influencing Institutions, Justice, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Progressivism, Race, Social Justice, State Flag

Mississippi’s current level of dependence — in terms of state government and in terms of individual — prove the welfare state accomplished what slavery and Jim Crow couldn’t.

Poll: Even Black Voters Not Buying Wicker ‘s Unity Before History Message

By Keith Plunkett | August 17th, 2017 at 7:45 pm

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: Contributor, Culture, Democrats, Feature Stories, Federal Government, History, Keith Plunkett, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Republican, Roger Wicker, State Flag, US Congress

If you are against putting the state flag in a museum Senator Roger Wicker has a word for you, unity. If you’re against taking down the flag then you’re against unity.

How Pickering Used An Unexplained Project To Undermine The New Medicaid Fraud Prevention Law

By Keith Plunkett | August 6th, 2017 at 4:27 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, Contributor, Culture, Democrats, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Jim Hood, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Obamacare, Opinion, Politics, Stacey Pickering

For legislators who actively worked to get the Mississippi Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act to the governors desk earlier this year, the news of Pickering’s project was a complete surprise. Leave it to Republican Legislators to finally pass a new law to introduce some efficiency standards that might “reduce the size and scope of government,” only to have another Republican officeholder inject an additional layer of complexity before it even gets moving.

TUCKER: The Failure to Repeal Obamacare Is an Intellectual Failure

By Jeffrey Tucker | July 24th, 2017 at 7:23 am

BY: Jeffrey Tucker / FEE - Director of Content

Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of Liberty.me, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute and policy adviser of the Heartland Institute.

Filed Under: Civil Rights, Contributor, Culture, Democrats, Feature Stories, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Liberty, Medical Care, Mississippi PEP, News, Obamacare, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Property rights, Spending, Taxes

For health care to go through the current route: falling ever-further behind the market-driven direction of history, riddled with bureaucracy and undergoing unending pressure toward the disaster of single payer. This is an intolerable result.

The failure traces to a lack of understanding and imagination at the top. There is no other choice: the repeal and replace must be done at the lower levels of society, by people with an intellectual comprehension of the stakes and the real solution.

Former MS Attorney General Mike Moore Is A Driving-Force Behind Opioid Lawsuits.

By MississippI PEP Staff | July 24th, 2017 at 6:05 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: Culture, Democrats, Influencing Institutions, Leadership, Medical Care, Mike Moore, Mississippi, MS Attorney General, National, News, Public Safety, Revenue

The legal front widening against makers of opioid painkillers has something in common with landmark tobacco litigation of the 1990s: attorney Mike Moore.

COST: Republicans Lack Conviction To Reform Entitlements

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

Hood Says Special Session Appropriation Cut AG’s Budget By 28-Percent Compared To 2015

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 12th, 2017 at 7:08 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: Buck Clarke, Budget, Democrats, Jim Hood, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Politics, Spending

In the 2016 session the Legislature passed the Budget Transparency and Simplification Act that substantially changed the state’s budgeting process. But the legislative leadership has yet to release information detailing how those changes impact each agency.

PLUNKETT: Meeting Ignorance With Ignorance Isn’t A Virtue

By Keith Plunkett | May 23rd, 2017 at 4:05 pm

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: Contributor, Culture, David Baria, Feature Stories, History, Inspirational, Keith Plunkett, Leadership, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, Opinion, Politics, Progressivism, Race, Social Justice, State Flag, Virtue

“We should all keep studying history and working to best serve one another in the present where God has planted us. If we do that then the future will take care of itself. That is something that takes honest dialogue not the vogue in these socially and politically volatile times.” State Rep. Karl Oliver ignited […]

MS Supreme Court Hears Arguments In School Funding Lawsuit

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 20th, 2017 at 6:23 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: Education, Legislature, MAEP, MDE, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Ronnie Musgrove, Spending, Superintendents

At stake is the demand from the school districts to be paid back $236 million that the 21 districts say the state owes them for the budget years 2010 through 2015, representing their shares of how much the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula was shorted.