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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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 […]

With Investors Clamoring, PSC Moves To Force End To Kemper Boondoggle

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 21st, 2017 at 3:20 pm

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Filed Under: Banking and Finance, Business, Economic Development, Energy, Ethics, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Public Service Commission

At its open meeting Wednesday, the Mississippi Public Service Commission unanimously passed a motion instructing counsel to prepare an order pursuing potential solutions regarding the Kemper County power generation facility. The order will be presented to the commission at its July 6 meeting. As part of the order, a new docket number will be opened […]

DOR Deal With Amazon To Collect Online Sales Tax Fails To Produce Expected Boost To Revenue

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 19th, 2017 at 7:35 am

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Filed Under: Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Revenue, Taxes

Instead of being a boost to the beleaguered state general fund, the use tax, like other state taxes, is underperforming in terms of collection.

PLUNKETT: Koch-Fighting In Mississippi: AFP Slings Dough To Stage Political Strut

By Keith Plunkett | June 7th, 2017 at 4:41 pm

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Keith Plunkett is the Policy and Communications Director for the United Conservatives Fund, and the Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com.

Filed Under: AFP-Mississippi, Campaign Finance, Contributor, Culture, Elections, Endorsement, Ethics, Feature Stories, Inspirational, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Politics, Progressivism, Public Service, Republican, Russ Latino, Social Justice, Taxes

The kitchen door is open. If you can be open and accountable enough to answer some questions, listen to some doubts, and take a little bit of heat without resorting to a tantrum then you’re welcome to come on in. If you’re selling something that isn’t what you say it is, try another sucker.

I was born at night, but it wasn’t last night.

Mississippi Economy Struggles As Other States Take Off

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 20th, 2017 at 6:36 am

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Filed Under: Business, Economy, Job Growth, Mississippi, MS State Government, News

Mississippi suffers from a cluster of ills that make it an economic laggard. Only 53 percent of Mississippi adults were working in 2016, the second lowest share of any state. Mississippi’s economy depends on slow-growth sectors, including government employment.

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

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 9th, 2017 at 6:52 pm

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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 […]

Taxpayer Funded “Economic Development” Project In Hattiesburg Is Latest Struggling To Make Payments And Hit Job Numbers.

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 5th, 2017 at 10:47 am

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Filed Under: Business, Economic Development, Economy, Energy, Ethics, Hattiesburg, MDA, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Taxes

Stion had been working closely with the Mississippi Development Authority to rework the terms of its original $75 million loan with the state. Capital investment projection numbers were lowered to $250 million by December 2019 and job creation numbers dropped to 500 by December 2022.

Governor Signs ABLE Act Allowing Tax-Free Savings To Assist Special Needs

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 14th, 2017 at 9:46 pm

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Filed Under: Desoto County, Governor, Inspirational, Kevin Blackwell, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Public Service, Republican, Taxes

The sponsor of the bill, state Sen. Kevin Blackwell, R-Olive Branch, called the legislation significant for the lives of those affected by disabilities and special needs.

“It’s something that will help folks not only now but provide down the line for families who have children with special needs,” Blackwell said. “At the time of the demise of their parents, these children will have the resources to be cared for and live as full and productive lives as possible.”

Internet Sales Tax Will Drive Up Compliance Costs, Disincentivize Growth And Reduce Jobs For MS Web Based Companies

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 9th, 2017 at 7:25 am

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Filed Under: Business, Commentary, Economy, Ethics, Gulf Coast, Job Growth, Liberty, Long Beach, Mississippi, Opinion, Revenue, Taxes, Unemployment

The vast majority of web-based businesses are small to medium-sized purveyors of specialty goods, with national or global customer bases which cannot be economically served through the “bricks and mortar” business model. Other web-based businesses have attacked narrow segments of the large retailers’ offerings, competing more efficiently without the associated overhead. While tax-free has undoubtedly benefitted internet commerce, it is not the sole reason for the explosive growth of this segment. It is the opportunity to now cripple these nimble, internet-based competitors which has united the big box retailers and mega-internet participants. Governments of all size, enticed by the promise of more tax revenue, are now being recruited in this effort.

State Revenue Shows Improvement In March Estimate

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 6th, 2017 at 6:43 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Economy, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Revenue, Spending

Collections for the month of March were $52.4 million or 12.5 percent above the official estimate, according to information provided by the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

The collections for the month of March mark the first time since last May that revenue exceeded the estimate.