Federal Government Hits New Debt Ceiling Of $20.493 Trillion

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 12th, 2017 at 10:47 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Economy, Entitlements, Federal Government, National, News, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, US Congress

Meet the new debt ceiling: $20.493 trillion The debt ceiling was suspended for about three months in September, which allowed the federal government to borrow as much money as it needed during that period. The government borrowed more than $500 billion in the last few months when the ceiling was suspended. But after Friday, the […]

If Public Service Commission Approves Kemper Settlement Rates Will Remain The Same

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 1st, 2017 at 3:25 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: East Mississippi, Economic Development, Energy, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Public Service Commission

Mississippi Power customers would see their electricity bills remain the same or decrease slightly if the state Public Service Commission approves a settlement agreement reached Friday on the Kemper County energy facility. Mississippi Power officials reached the agreement with commission staff, Chevron and Federal Executive Agencies on the remaining costs associated with Kemper. With all […]

Rep. Gregg Harper Reveals Unspecified House Office Paid $84,000 for Sexual Harassment Claim.

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 1st, 2017 at 12:42 pm

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Filed Under: Ethics, Federal Government, Gregg Harper, National, News, Politics, Spending, US Congress

House Administration Committee Chairman Gregg Harper told his colleagues in a private meeting Friday that one House office paid $84,000 to settle a sexual harassment claim. Mississippi Republican Rep. Gregg Harper announced the settlement in a closed-door conference, when members peppered leaders for more information about the use of taxpayer money for such complaints. It […]

Dept. of Human Services Consulting Contract Could Cost State $5.7 Million

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 28th, 2017 at 4:49 pm

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Filed Under: Federal Government, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Spending

The Mississippi Department of Human Services is under an “ongoing investigation” over its management of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), according to a demand letter uncovered by the Mississippi Independent. The state could have to pay back more than $5.7 million in bonuses it received because of improvements in the error rate for the […]

Referendum On MEC Supported Tax Increase Is “Fraught With Landmines” For Transportation Planners.

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 23rd, 2017 at 7:02 am

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Filed Under: Commentary, Elections, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, Transportation

Perhaps groups that are advocating for more transportation spending, such as the Mississippi Economic Council, could run a successful campaign to get voters to agree to a package of tax and fee increases.

But the MEC and other like-minded groups, no doubt, would have to think long and hard before endorsing such a referendum

PERS Employee Accused Of Pocketing $65,000 In Benefits

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 23rd, 2017 at 6:40 am

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Filed Under: Central Mississippi, Jim Hood, Mississippi, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, News, PERS, PERS

An employee with Mississippi’s state retirement system (PERS) accused of pocketing $65,000 in benefits that were not hers turned herself in to authorities Tuesday, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Amanda Combs, 31, of Brandon, turned herself in to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, after being indicted on three counts of embezzlement by a public employee. […]

Economic Developer Higgins Shreds MDA Director Glenn McCullough For Allowing Ego To Undermine Organization.

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 19th, 2017 at 12:35 am

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Filed Under: Culture, Economic Development, Ethics, MDA, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant, Politics, Spending

Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins claims the Mississippi Development Authority is undermining — not promoting — economic development efforts in the state. Higgins, a nationally renowned economic developer who has led the LINK for more than 14 years, said MDA’s philosophy is flawed on numerous fronts, and the organization lacks both the […]

Governor Trying A Softer Approach To Reducing State Bureaucracy

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 18th, 2017 at 11:07 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Civil Rights, Commentary, Delbert Hosemann, Governor, Liberty, Mississippi, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Property rights, Spending

Roughly 200 small state agencies, boards and commissions collectively collect and spend millions of dollars. Gov. Phil Bryant, bless his heart, has again called for a check on state government bureaucracy spending as he has to little avail since 2012. In his budget recommendation for the coming year, he’s calling for a “shared services model” […]

Factory-Like Schools Are the Child Labor Crisis of Today

By Kerry McDonald | November 18th, 2017 at 10:00 pm

BY: Kerry McDonald / Contributor

Kerry McDonald has a B.A. in Economics from Bowdoin and an M.Ed. in education policy from Harvard. She lives in Cambridge, Mass. with her husband and four never-been-schooled children. Follow her writing at Whole Family Learning.

Filed Under: Civil Rights, Contributor, Economic Development, Education, Influencing Institutions, Job Growth, Liberty, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, School Choice

Compulsory schooling was meant to save children from the dangerous conditions of the factory, but these days, “traditional” schooling is easily just as dangerous to children’s well-being. Most American children and teenagers wake early, maybe gulp down a quick breakfast, and get transported quickly to the building where they will spend the majority of their […]

Miseducational Culture: The Tests Have Failed

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 17th, 2017 at 7:51 pm

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Filed Under: Contributor, Culture, Education, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Influencing Institutions, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Principles of Freedom, Teachers

Opting Out Of Miseducational Culture: It is long overdue to gather across ideological and political lines to declare one of the few things progressives and conservatives agree upon: The tests have failed