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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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, 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 […]

Mississippi Economy Struggles As Other States Take Off

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

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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, 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.

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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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, 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.

PLUNKETT: A Deeper Dive Into The Possible Unintended Consequences Of Mississippi’s New Occupational Licensing Reform Law

By Keith Plunkett | April 2nd, 2017 at 11:01 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: Contributor, Economy, Feature Stories, Governor, Job Growth, Keith Plunkett, Leadership, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics

As we see with the state government’s years of knotted up regs clogging the bowels of industry and costing Mississippians jobs and innovative services, the unintended consequences of a “darn good government plan” can bloom eternally as toxic as a perennial red tide.

The ultimate goal should be to remove governments regulatory chokehold. That can only be accomplished by removing government from the equation entirely.

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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The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

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 […]

MCDANIEL: A New Republican Era?

By Chris McDaniel | December 9th, 2016 at 11:41 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: Chris McDaniel, Contributor, Immigration, Job Growth, Leadership, Liberty, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Republican

In the book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 10, verse 2, the Lord told us, “The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.” This statement does not appear to be a coincidence. And it certainly explains the wisdom of the American people over the last eight years. […]

Economists Say Private Sector Rebound Expected to Follow Weaker Growth Predictions for MS Economy in 2016.

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 31st, 2016 at 1:51 pm

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The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Economy, Job Growth, Mississippi, News

Weaker Growth Prediction Due in Part to Reduction in Government. The new report from state economists includes at least some good news on jobs, forecasting a 1 percent increase in payroll employment for the remainder of the year. If this occurs, it would be only the second annual increase in employment in Mississippi of 1 […]

Sen. Angela Hill Supports $6 Million Workforce Training Program Grant to State Colleges.

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 18th, 2016 at 12:05 pm

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The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Angela Burks Hill, Business, Community Colleges, Economic Development, Job Growth, News, Pearl River Community College, Southwest Mississippi, Unemployment

The Picayune Item reports that Mississippi State Senator Angela Burks Hill spoke at Pearl River Community College Monday in support of the Mississippi Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training program. NEED TO KNOW: What is the MI-BEST Program? MI-BEST Overview: MS Community College Board The program, MI-BEST, was implemented at the college as a way […]

Report Shows Graduates of State Universities in Science and Tech Leave Mississippi, Degrees in Education and Health Care More Likely to Stay

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 7th, 2016 at 6:45 am

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The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Education, health, Institutes of Higher Learning, Job Growth, Medical Care, Mississippi State University, News

Students from Mississippi’s public universities awarded degrees in education and the health care sector are the most likely to remain in the state five years after graduation while those who receive degrees in science, technology, engineering and math are more likely to leave within a year, a study authorized by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher […]

MSU, MUW Rank Top in State for Grads’ Average Starting Salaries

By MississippI PEP Staff | August 28th, 2016 at 7:59 am

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The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Golden Triangle, Institutes of Higher Learning, Job Growth, Mississippi State University, News

Golden Triangle institutions of higher learning rank high in 2016 analyses by SmartAsset, a financial technology company. Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women are ranked first and second in the state for graduates’ average starting salaries. According to SmartAsset, the average starting salary for MSU graduates is $46,400; for MUW graduates, the figure […]