Partial Medicaid Expansion Would Increase Federal Costs

By James Capretta | January 16th, 2019 at 11:46 pm

BY: James Capretta / Real Clear Policy — Contributor

James C. Capretta is a RealClearPolicy Contributor and a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Filed Under: Commentary, Contributor, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Medicaid, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, National, Obamacare, Opinion, Politics, Spending, US Congress

It would be better if partial Medicaid expansion were pursued as a legislative change rather than an allowable state waiver because, in legislation, Congress could offset the added federal expense with cost-reducing reforms. Among other things, Congress could cut costs by limiting the use of tax schemes intended to circumvent the states’ matching payment requirements.

The Supreme Court’s decision in 2012 disrupted the plan to establish a national standard of Medicaid eligibility. The result is vastly different Medicaid eligibility rules across the country, which probably isn’t sustainable over the long term.

Medicaid Expansion: Republican Candidates Avoid Reasoned Positions Or Straight Answers

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 15th, 2019 at 5:40 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: Delbert Hosemann, Democrats, Elections, Governor, Insurance, Jim Hood, Leadership, Legislature, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Obamacare, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Republican, Tate Reeves

Democrat candidates for both offices provide definitive answers on their support for expansion. Only one Republican candidate for governor, Tate Reeves, provides a clear answer against expanding Medicaid in Missippi. However, he provided no deeper explanation as to his reasoning except the somewhat generic explanation of “protecting taxpayers.” Where’s the adherence to the conservative principle of […]

Extending Green Energy Subsidies Is Six Times The Costs Of A Border Wall

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 14th, 2019 at 5:00 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, Democrats, Economic Development, Economy, Ethics, Federal Government, Immigration, National, News, Republican, Spending, Taxes, US Congress

Based on committee estimates, continuing solar and wind tax subsidies is nearly six times the $5.7 billion Trump is asking from Congress for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Few Of States 26 Electric Power Cooperatives Expected To Move Toward Building Rural Internet Infrastructure

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 13th, 2019 at 9:04 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: Becky Currie, Economic Development, Energy, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Politics, Sally Doty, Vince Mangold

(District 39 Sen. Sally) Doty, chairwoman of the Senate Energy Committee, said only “three or four” of the state’s coops are willing to develop the infrastructure needed to offer broadband services right away. “Once those three or four get up and running, I think the others will follow suit — but this isn’t a situation […]

Seed Industry Consolidation Poses Major Risks For Farmers

By Kristina Hubbard | January 12th, 2019 at 1:45 pm

BY: Kristina Hubbard / Director of Advocacy and Communications - Organic Seed Alliance

Kristina "Kiki" Hubbard is the director of advocacy and communications for Organic Seed Alliance, an organization that advances seed systems that are democratic and just, and support human and environmental health. Learn more at

Filed Under: Agriculture, Commentary, Contributor, Economic Development, Economy, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Liberty, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Public Safety

Economists say that an industry has lost its competitive character when the concentration ratio of the top four firms is 40 percent or higher. The seed industry continues to exceed this benchmark not only across the entire global supply, but across crop types as well.

Report: Mississippi Exceeded $10,000 Per Student Spending In 2017-2018

By Brett Kittredge | January 12th, 2019 at 1:11 am

BY: Brett Kittredge / MS Center for Public Policy

Brett Kittredge is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Mississippi Center for Public Policy.

Filed Under: Brett Kittredge, Commentary, Contributor, Education, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Spending

Eighty-six districts in Mississippi spent more than $10,000 per student, and 24 spent more than $12,000 per student.

The Rich Never Actually Paid 70 Percent

By Phil Magness | January 8th, 2019 at 12:04 pm

BY: Phil Magness / Research Fellow - AIER

Phil Magness is a Senior Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research. Magness is the coauthor of the critically acclaimed book Colonization after Emancipation: Lincoln and the Movement for Black Resettlement (University of Missouri Press).

Filed Under: Commentary, Contributor, Federal Government, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Principles of Freedom, Taxes, US Congress

The oft-repeated claim of spiraling inequality in the United States is a myth, premised on outdated statistics and poor historical analysis.

Toward Real Decentralization

By Andy Smarick | January 2nd, 2019 at 8:48 pm

BY: Andy Smarick / R Street Institute

Andy Smarick is civil society, education and work director at the R Street Institute.

Filed Under: Christianity, Commentary, Contributor, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Influencing Institutions, Liberty, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, School Choice, Social Justice

Advocates of decentralization have long struggled with the question of how to use limited state authority to address today’s most pressing problems. A capacitating conservatism offers a vision of appropriate state authority that respects the freedom of individuals and the value of the associations they form. But it also offers an answer to the question raised repeatedly by civil-society scholars — from Berger and Neuhaus to Robert Putnam and Yuval Levin — for the last several generations: How can we lean on voluntary, intermediary associations for collective action after they’ve been allowed to atrophy for decades?

Restrictions On State Retirees, Medicaid Expansion Among Key Political Moves Leading Into 2019

By Bill Crawford | January 1st, 2019 at 7:30 am

BY: Bill Crawford / Mississippi Business Journal

Bill Crawford is a former state legislator and past-president of the Montgomery Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to proactive government sponsored and facilitated economic development. He is a syndicated columnist from Meridian and writes for the Mississippi Business Journal and several other publications across the state.

Filed Under: Commentary, Education, Elections, Governor, Jim Hood, Legislature, Medicaid, Mississippi, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, Opinion, PERS, PERS, Phil Bryant, Politics, Republican, SLRP, Tate Reeves

The big time jockeying for the Reeves vs. Hood battle (for governor) has begun.