How Much Money Would Each Mississippi Taxpayer Have to Cough-Up To Cover Share Of State Debt?

By Keith Plunkett | September 25th, 2017 at 10:42 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, Ethics, Feature Stories, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, PERS, PERS, Politics, Principles of Freedom, SLRP, Spending, State Bonds

A 2015 rule enacted by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) requiring state governments to report full pension liabilities on financial reports reveals Mississippi to be in debt to the tune of $8.6 billion. Did you think Mississippi state government is “required to balance the budget every year?” No doubt the politically in-tune public has […]

State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright To Legislators: “Our Children Are Achieving.”

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 24th, 2017 at 6:11 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, Carey Wright, Education, Legislature, MAEP, MDE, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Superintendents

State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright asked Legislative Budget Committee for 10.8-percent increase to continue what she described as “strides in improving education.”

Will Budget Hearings Reveal Detached State Government Officials?

By Keith Plunkett | September 17th, 2017 at 9:58 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, Events, Feature Stories, Keith Plunkett, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Philip Gunn, Politics, Spending, Tate Reeves

Legislative Budget Hearing is a missed opportunity for public discussion about what state government ought NOT to be doing to begin with.

Internet Sales Tax: State Economist Downplays Importance As Revenue Declines

By MississippI PEP Staff | August 11th, 2017 at 11:27 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, Business, Economy, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Revenue, Spending, Taxes

Despite repeated attempts by Mississippi government officials, the state’s internet sales tax revenue for FY 2017 was down even more than sales tax revenue- $4.2 million or 1.8 percent compared to the sales tax being down 0.33 percent.

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.

PENDER: Passing Legislation Shouldn’t Be Efficient

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

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

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: 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.

S&P Cite Unfunded Liability In Mississippi’s Pension System For Negative Outlook.

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 9th, 2017 at 6:52 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: Banking and Finance, Budget, Mississippi, MS State Government, PERS, PERS, Revenue, SLRP, Spending, State Bonds

Credit Rating Agency Warns State Officials That Rate Cut Could Be Coming If Pension Liabilities Not Corrected Getting better or getting worse? That’s the question Mississippi leaders are debating after the third major credit rating agency warned last week that it was concerned about weakness in state finances and the overall economy. For credit rater […]

MCDANIEL: A Party Of Principle No Longer

By Chris McDaniel | May 9th, 2017 at 6:02 am

BY: Chris McDaniel / Senator

Three-term Senator, Former U.S. federal law clerk, attorney, conservative commentator and MS counsel against Obamacare. Awarded the 2016 American Conservative Union's Award for Conservative Excellence.

Filed Under: Abortion, Budget, Contributor, Democrats, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, US Congress

After betraying the party’s platform twice this week, Congressional Republicans had the audacity to wildly celebrate a pyrrhic victory, proving we are a party of principle no longer. In 1984, as a 13-year-old boy, I fell in love with the message of Ronald Reagan. He spoke to my heart about liberty, limited government, and personal responsibility. […]

GIBERT: Lawmakers Can Defund Planned Parenthood By Trading Conservative Talk For Conservative Action

By Gerard Gibert | May 3rd, 2017 at 9:32 pm

BY: Gerard Gibert / CEO - Venture Technologies

Gerard Gibert is founder and CEO of Ridgeland-based Venture Technologies, a multi-state IT solutions and managed services provider since 1985 with 300 employees in 13 states. Gerard is a frequent business commentator in both academic and media circles on the impact of Washington policy on employers and small businesses.

Filed Under: Abortion, Budget, Contributor, Democrats, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Gerard Gibert, Insurance, Leadership, Legislature, Medicaid, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Pro-life, Spending, US Congress

To fully strip federal funding to Planned Parenthood, Congress should act to amend Medicaid law to disallow participation in the program by clinics that terminate pregnancies or to share costs with other providers that perform abortions. It could be accomplished by an uncomplicated one-sentence bill. In the meantime, with a pro-life president, Title X funds should be all but fully prohibited from distribution to abortion providers.

It’s time for conservative lawmakers – at the state and federal level – to not just talk conservatively in order to be elected, but to govern conservatively.