Education Funding In Legislature Brings Lawyers, PAC’s And Lobbyists Even When Lawmakers Agree.

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 22nd, 2018 at 6:34 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Commentary, Democrats, Education, Ethics, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, Opinion, Political Action Groups, Politics, Republican, School Choice, Spending

Given the stakes in something like the education funding formula rewrite, can we not get a better effort at cooperation? If you’ve listened very closely to the education funding formula debate the last year or so, barely audible under the din, nearly all parties have at one point or another said they agree in overall […]

MAEP Was A Great Achievement For Republicans, Until It Wasn’t

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 18th, 2018 at 9:48 am

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Filed Under: Commentary, Education, Haley Barbour, History, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Republican, Spending

Every Republican who was in the Legislature in 2006 and is in the Legislature now voted for the (Mississippi Adequate Education Program) with the understanding that it guaranteed full funding after a three-year phase-in. Then-Gov. Haley Barbour, surrounded by most Republican members of the Legislature, hosted a news conference in his state Capitol office touting […]

Speaker Gunn Files Bill To Reformulate Education Spending

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 12th, 2018 at 9:10 am

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Filed Under: Education, MDE, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News, Philip Gunn, Spending

Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, filed a school funding rewrite bill late Thursday. The bill includes much of the what New Jersey-based nonprofit EdBuild CEO Rebecca Sibilia described to House Democratic Caucus members on Tuesday, including retaining a provision that allows property-wealthy districts across the state to keep $120 million it would have otherwise had to […]

House Committees Pass Several MDOT Funding Bills Hoping Something Will Stick

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 5th, 2018 at 6:24 am

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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,” […]

Medicaid Director Resigns: Perhaps Legislators Should Look In The Mirror

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 22nd, 2017 at 2:47 am

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Filed Under: Commentary, health, Insurance, Legislature, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, MS State Government, Opinion, Spending

If legislators wanted the hospitals to have a managed care contract with Medicaid, the solution was simple – mandate it in state law.

Federal Government Hits New Debt Ceiling Of $20.493 Trillion

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 12th, 2017 at 10:47 am

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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 […]

Rep. Gregg Harper Reveals Unspecified House Office Paid $84,000 for Sexual Harassment Claim.

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 1st, 2017 at 12:42 pm

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Filed Under: Ethics, Federal Government, Gregg Harper, National, News, Politics, Spending, US Congress

House Administration Committee Chairman Gregg Harper told his colleagues in a private meeting Friday that one House office paid $84,000 to settle a sexual harassment claim. Mississippi Republican Rep. Gregg Harper announced the settlement in a closed-door conference, when members peppered leaders for more information about the use of taxpayer money for such complaints. It […]

Dept. of Human Services Consulting Contract Could Cost State $5.7 Million

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 28th, 2017 at 4:49 pm

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Filed Under: Federal Government, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Spending

The Mississippi Department of Human Services is under an “ongoing investigation” over its management of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), according to a demand letter uncovered by the Mississippi Independent. The state could have to pay back more than $5.7 million in bonuses it received because of improvements in the error rate for 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

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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

Economic Developer Higgins Shreds MDA Director Glenn McCullough For Allowing Ego To Undermine Organization.

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 19th, 2017 at 12:35 am

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Filed Under: Culture, Economic Development, Ethics, MDA, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant, Politics, Spending

Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins claims the Mississippi Development Authority is undermining — not promoting — economic development efforts in the state. Higgins, a nationally renowned economic developer who has led the LINK for more than 14 years, said MDA’s philosophy is flawed on numerous fronts, and the organization lacks both the […]