Mississippi Medicaid Director Faces Corruption Allegations

By MississippI PEP Staff | August 15th, 2017 at 1:29 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: Ethics, Insurance, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Spending

Corruption allegations: Two years before winning a billion-dollar contract, Molina Healthcare offered Medicaid Director David Dzielak a job.

Internet Sales Tax: State Economist Downplays Importance As Revenue Declines

By MississippI PEP Staff | August 11th, 2017 at 11:27 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: 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.

Mississippi Officials Positioning For Economic Development Prize Of Toyota and Mazda Assembly Plant.

By Keith Plunkett | August 8th, 2017 at 7:14 pm

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: Business, Desoto County, Economic Development, Economy, Job Growth, MDA, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, National, News, North Mississippi, Spending

It is unfortunate that the spirit of competition for these “economic development” projects so overwhelms grown men that they don’t stop long enough to calmly assess how much they are willing to give of ours in order to get something for themselves.

After all, it’s not their money they’re gambling with.

How KiOR Used Mississippi’s Subsidy-Happy “Economic Development” Officials To Snag $75 Million.

By MississippI PEP Staff | July 30th, 2017 at 2:32 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: Business, Commentary, Economic Development, Ethics, Governor, Haley Barbour, Immorality, Job Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Politics, Spending, Taxes

KiOR executives hoodwinked Barbour and other Mississippi officials about its ability to produce large amounts of a cheap bio-crude that oil companies could refine.

TUCKER: The Failure to Repeal Obamacare Is an Intellectual Failure

By Jeffrey Tucker | July 24th, 2017 at 7:23 am

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, Culture, Democrats, Feature Stories, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Liberty, Medical Care, Mississippi PEP, News, Obamacare, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Property rights, Spending, Taxes

For health care to go through the current route: falling ever-further behind the market-driven direction of history, riddled with bureaucracy and undergoing unending pressure toward the disaster of single payer. This is an intolerable result.

The failure traces to a lack of understanding and imagination at the top. There is no other choice: the repeal and replace must be done at the lower levels of society, by people with an intellectual comprehension of the stakes and the real solution.

PENDER: Passing Legislation Shouldn’t Be Efficient

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

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 […]

Report Finds Proposal To Shift Medicaid Funding To Block Grants Will Hit Mississippi Hard

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 19th, 2017 at 8:06 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: Federal Government, Insurance, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Obamacare, Spending, US Congress

Even though Mississippi didn’t expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the state is in line to be among the hardest hit by proposed federal funding changes.

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

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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: 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.

GUAJARDO: Legislators Should Take Time To Get School Funding Formula Right

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 4th, 2017 at 4:59 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: Commentary, Education, Legislature, MAEP, MDE, Mississippi, Opinion, Philip Gunn, Spending

Critics hammered the MAEP rewrite process early on because of the lack of transparency. It seemed like closed-door meetings and contracts initially withheld but later made public were the norm in the beginning. Then came a quickly called public hearing in Jackson and promises that site visits were being conducted in school districts across the […]