Cindy Hyde-Smith’s Vote Against Balanced Budget Clearly Defines Mississippi’s US Senate Race

By Brad Patano | May 19th, 2018 at 4:10 am

BY: Brad Patano / Contributor

Brad Patano is a Principal Partner in an architectural and engineering firm in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. He is active in political advocacy and also volunteer organizations including Coast Young Professionals, Ocean Springs Education Foundation and Ocean Springs Baseball Organization.

Filed Under: Brad Patano, Budget, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Contributor, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Politics, Spending, US Congress

The campaigns for US Senate in Mississippi just defined itself. This primary in November isn’t about who is sweeter, cuter, or more likable. It is about our future and real issues. Government only gets as out of control as its financial means allows it. Do you support more federal spending or do you support fiscal responsibility? It really is that clear.

Governor Phil Bryant Turns Up The Fear-Factor Over Bridge Closures: “People are going to die!”

By Keith Plunkett | May 2nd, 2018 at 1:52 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: Contributor, County Government, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Governor, Keith Plunkett, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Public Safety, Spending, Transportation

That the governor could so easily blame county officials on national television without a hint of shame over his own earlier lack of concern (until there was a danger of losing federal susbsidies) speaks volumes about Governor Bryant’s sense of responsibility.

Port of Gulfport Must Add 800 Additional Jobs To Qualify For $570 Million Of Federal Money

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 2nd, 2018 at 4:59 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, Christianity, Commentary, Culture, Economic Development, Faith, Federal Government, Gulfport, Job Growth, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Spending, Transportation, US Congress

In exchange for the HUD money, the Mississippi Development Authority agreed that the port would create 1,300 jobs, 51 percent of which are to be targeted for low to middle income individuals.

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.

Rep. Mark Baker Will Run For Attorney General In 2019

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 1st, 2018 at 11:12 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: Elections, Law Enforcement, Mark Baker, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News, Politics, Public Safety, Republican, Spending

Baker said if elected he would stop the use of outside counsel being brought in so that the state can save more money.

Why We Must Be Bold on Welfare Reform

By Kay Coles James | April 30th, 2018 at 3:32 am

BY: Kay Coles James / President/Heritage Foundation

Kay Coles James is president of The Heritage Foundation. James formerly served as director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and as Virginia’s secretary of health and human resources. She is also the founder and president of The Gloucester Institute.

Filed Under: Contributor, Culture, Federal Government, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Principles of Freedom, Spending

Being black and the daughter of a former welfare recipient, I know firsthand the unintended harm welfare has caused. These dysfunctions are the result of policy choices this nation has made, not the people on whom they’ve been inflicted.

PEER Report Says State Retirement System Won’t Reach Minimum Funding Goal.

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 26th, 2018 at 3:36 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: Legislature, Mississippi, News, PERS, Spending

The latest projects show the Public Employee Retirement System’s funding ratio is more likely to be around 70.1 percent by 2042 instead of the goal,of 80 percent. To fix this, the PEER Committee offers several suggestions.

Pretrial Incarceration In Mississippi Criminal Justice System Is Sixth-Longest In The Country.

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 26th, 2018 at 3:10 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: County Government, Immorality, Law Enforcement, MDOC, Mississippi, News, Public Safety, Spending

Mississippi’s criminal justice system, for a variety of reasons, is set up so that lengthy pretrial incarceration is not only possible, it’s common.

Welfare Reform Is Happening Fast

By Kristina Rasmussen | April 25th, 2018 at 1:12 am

BY: Kristina Rasmussen / Contributor

Kristina Rasmussen is vice president of federal affairs at the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Filed Under: Contributor, Economy, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Medicaid, Opinion, Spending, Unemployment

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order on welfare reform, laying the groundwork for federal and state agencies to promote economic mobility and opportunity through work. Just two days later, the House Committee on Agriculture released a draft proposal of the 2018 Farm Bill, calling for an expansion of work requirements for able-bodied adults receiving food stamps and committing to initiatives that will reduce fraud and abuse across the food stamp program.

The “Cultural Problem” Is With Mississippi Government, Not Her People.

By Keith Plunkett | April 16th, 2018 at 12:13 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: Business, Contributor, Culture, Economic Development, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Keith Plunkett, MDA, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Spending

The Daily Journal, government agencies and big business groups, like the Mississippi Economic Council, rely on a false premise to excuse the failures and ignore the truth they don’t want to accept.