Increasing the Cigarette Tax to Fund Road Maintenance in Mississippi? Not So Fast.

By Katherine Loughead | May 1st, 2018 at 12:49 pm

BY: Katherine Loughead / Policy Analyst — Tax Foundation

Katherine Loughead is a Policy Analyst with the Center for State Tax Policy at the Tax Foundation.

Filed Under: Budget, Contributor, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, Opinion, Philip Gunn, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, Transportation

When linked to inflation, transportation-related taxes and infrastructure user fees generally help ensure that as long as infrastructure networks have reliable users, they have reliable funding. On the other hand, not only are cigarette taxes unrelated to infrastructure, but they also represent a declining revenue stream.

Chris McDaniel Signs Pledge to Repeal Death Tax

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 30th, 2018 at 9:43 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: Agriculture, Chris McDaniel, Elections, Federal Government, National, News, Politics, Taxes, US Congress

U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel has signed a pledge to repeal the death tax, which has threatened farming families and small business owners in Mississippi and across America for decades. The death tax, sometimes referred to as the “estate tax,” applies to property that is transferred after a family member passes away, imposing a further […]

Use Taxes Keep State’s January Collections Slightly Above Revenue Estimates

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 7th, 2018 at 3:18 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, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Revenue, Taxes

The legislative leadership opted to adopt a conservative estimate after multiple years when the collections did not meet the estimate, forcing numerous rounds of budget cuts and in some instances the firing of state employees.

House Committees Pass Several MDOT Funding Bills Hoping Something Will Stick

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 5th, 2018 at 6:24 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: Business, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News, Philip Gunn, Spending, State Bonds, Taxes, Transportation

Speaker Philip Gunn made it clear to a room full of business leaders Thursday that the House is wasting no time to take action on roads and bridges. “Second day of the session, three of my committees in the House met and passed out some of those ideas and we’re going to continue to meet,” […]

Federal Government Hits New Debt Ceiling Of $20.493 Trillion

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 12th, 2017 at 10:47 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, 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 […]

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

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

Mississippi Economic Council Echo Chamber: Coming To A Town Near You.

By Keith Plunkett | November 17th, 2017 at 1:22 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Editor

Keith Plunkett is a Policy Consultant, Editor, Writer, Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com. http://mississippipep.com/profilegrid_blogs/keith-plunkett/

Filed Under: Contributor, Feature Stories, Issues, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Meridian, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Spending, State Bonds, Taxes, Transportation

With time and gobs of money, and plenty of echo chamber events like these and the Hobnob held a few weeks ago, the Mississippi Economic Council is betting they will eventually get the answers they’re looking for.

Republican Tax Plan Enshrines Recognition Of Unborn Into Federal Law

By Keith Plunkett | November 6th, 2017 at 7:22 pm

BY: Keith Plunkett / Editor

Keith Plunkett is a Policy Consultant, Editor, Writer, Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com. http://mississippipep.com/profilegrid_blogs/keith-plunkett/

Filed Under: Abortion, Christianity, Civil Rights, Ethics, Faith, Federal Government, Justice, Liberty, National, News, Personhood, Principles of Freedom, Pro-life, Public Safety, Religion, Republican, Taxes, US Congress

Tax law makes serious commitment to treating the unborn child, as she or he should be, equal and protected in the eyes of the law. At a Values Voter Summit meeting (in Washington) last month, (President Donald) Trump said he was committed to “stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values” and said the country’s religious […]

The Great Deficit Ruse: Government Responsible For Its Own Profligacy

By Jeffrey Tucker | November 5th, 2017 at 4:42 pm

BY: Jeffrey Tucker / FEE - Director of Content

Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of Liberty.me, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute and policy adviser of the Heartland Institute.

Filed Under: Civil Rights, Contributor, Ethics, Federal Government, Liberty, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Principles of Freedom, Property rights, Spending, Taxes

All this media talk–and it is incessant and ubiquitous–about how the deficit is way more important than your property rights completely disregards the realities of politics. Namely: politicians and bureaucrats desperately need an excuse to take your money. Making you pay for their past mistakes is as good an excuse as any.

City of Biloxi Asks to Join Lawsuit Against Delbert Hosemann Over Land Dispute.

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 30th, 2017 at 6:45 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: Biloxi, Business, Delbert Hosemann, Economic Development, Ethics, MS Secretary of State, MS State Government, News, Property rights, Taxes

Delbert Hosemann claims the state controls the property up to U.S. 90. Previously, the state has claimed only a sliver of the southern portion of the property, and signed leases based on that property line.