Rep. Mark Baker Will Run For Attorney General In 2019

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 1st, 2018 at 11:12 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: 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

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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: 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

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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: 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.

Gov. Phil Bryant’s Emergency Declaration Points To Heavy-Handed Politics

By Jerel Wade | April 15th, 2018 at 2:52 am

BY: Jerel Wade /

Jerel Wade is an educator and small business owner from Jones County, MS.

Filed Under: Contributor, County Government, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Governor, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Spending

Why was it such an emergency that the bridges had to be closed immediately? Why did Sec. Chao herself make the call and not one of her underlings? Does Chao know anything about Brushy Creek, Tallahoma Creek, or Bogue Homa Lake? Why weren’t any of the states with worse bridge conditions forced into the same state of flux?

Former Virginia Governor Dismissed From Lawsuit Over Failed Electric-Car Company

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 8th, 2018 at 8:40 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: Economic Development, Energy, MDA, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, North Mississippi, Spending

Greentech received $4.9 Million in loans from Mississippi to build a factory in Tunica County but failed to invest the amount required in the contract with the state before filing for bankruptcy. A federal judge has dismissed former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe from a lawsuit alleging he defrauded investors in a failed electric-car company. Thirty-two […]

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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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, 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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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, 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 […]