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 […]

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.

WILSON: Mississippi Bridge List Filled With Discrepancies

By Steve Wilson | March 24th, 2017 at 1:39 pm

BY: Steve Wilson / Watchdog.org

A reporter with Watchdog.org, a member of the Mississippi Press Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Steve served four-plus years in the United States Coast Guard after his high school graduation and is a native of Mobile, Ala.

Filed Under: Business, Contributor, Economic Development, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, MS State Government, Spending, Transportation

A December 2015 study commissioned by the Mississippi Economic Council and conducted by researchers from Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi said the state needs to spend $375 million more annually, with $300 million for state bridges and highways and $75 million for local needs.

According to numbers Mississippi Watchdog obtained from the Legislature, the total price to repair or replace all of the closed or posted bridges on the list would be $59.6 million. The average lifespan of a bridge in the U.S. is 70 years. Most bridges on the list would cost $250,000 or less to replace.

Rep. Charles Busby Throws A Fit Over Senate Killing Legislation Authorizing Internet Tax

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 3rd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Business, Charles Busby, Economic Development, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Politics, Tate Reeves, Taxes

Rep. Charles Busby of Pascagoula tabled the Senate Memorial Bills the day after Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, killed a bill in the Senate that would have authorized an internet tax to pay for road repair.

PLUNKETT: Dept. of Revenue Tax Rule: “Probably, Maybe, We Don’t Know . . . We Were Exploited!”

By Keith Plunkett | February 18th, 2017 at 10:10 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: Budget, Business, Contributor, Economic Development, Economy, Ethics, Feature Stories, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, MDA, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Revenue, Spending, Taxes

“Exactly Who Is Doing The Exploiting Here?” On February 15 the Dept. of Revenue conducted a public hearing on a proposed regulation to begin collecting sales taxes from purchases made on the internet in Mississippi from out-of-state businesses. Notice of the proposed rule change popped up back in mid-January when it became clear that a […]

House Leaders And Grassroots Conservatives Have Tug-Of-War Over Internet Tax Bill, MS GOP Remains Silent

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 7th, 2017 at 1:36 pm

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Filed Under: Banking and Finance, Budget, Business, Economic Development, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News, Politics, Republican, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, Transportation

Legislation to collect sales taxes on internet purchases cleared the Mississippi House on Monday after a tug-of-war between House Republican leadership and grassroots conservative advocacy groups. The bill claims the need for the tax increase is to fund improvements to deficient roads and bridges. However, data to support the claims of deficient conditions has been […]

Aquatic Center? The Newest Proposal To Spend Money The State Doesn’t Have For A Project Most Mississippians Will Never Use.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 6th, 2017 at 6:06 am

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Filed Under: Banking and Finance, Budget, Cory Wilson, Economic Development, Economy, Ethics, Legislature, Madison County, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, MS State Government, News, Spending, State Bonds

An 88,700-square-foot facility at an estimated cost of $33.6 million has been proposed for land to be donated by the city of Ridgeland for the Mississippi Aquatic Center. The facility would rely on corporate sponsorships β€” including the possibility of naming rights for big participants β€” and fees. It also would need a bond issue […]

Micro-Breweries Get House Approval For On-Site Sales, Senate Version Expected In Committee By Monday

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 5th, 2017 at 7:16 pm

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Filed Under: Beer, Business, Economic Development, Economy, Job Growth, Legislature, MDA, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, News, Taxes

Last week, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed a bill allowing in-state breweries to sell up to 576 ounces per day per customers, roughly two cases of beer. The bill also provided allows brewers to sell up to 10 percent of their annual production, or 1,500 barrels, whichever is less. Breweries also would pay a […]

Seriously? Another Month Long Delay To Take Cost Of Kemper Past $7 Billion

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 7th, 2017 at 7:30 am

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Filed Under: Business, East Mississippi, Economic Development, Eminent Domain, Energy, Ethics, Federal Government, Governor, Haley Barbour, Legislature, MDA, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Politics, Spending, State Bonds

The latest delay, confirmed Friday, pushes the plant’s price tag over $7 billion. Of the nearly $52 million increase caused by the delay, the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. says shareholders will pay $34 million. Ratepayers could be asked to pay the rest. The plant and associated coal mine were originally supposed to be finished […]