How Much Money Would Each Mississippi Taxpayer Have to Cough-Up To Cover Share Of State Debt?

By Keith Plunkett | September 25th, 2017 at 10:42 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: Budget, Contributor, Ethics, Feature Stories, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, PERS, PERS, Politics, Principles of Freedom, SLRP, Spending, State Bonds

A 2015 rule enacted by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) requiring state governments to report full pension liabilities on financial reports reveals Mississippi to be in debt to the tune of $8.6 billion. Did you think Mississippi state government is “required to balance the budget every year?” No doubt the politically in-tune public has […]

S&P Cite Unfunded Liability In Mississippi’s Pension System For Negative Outlook.

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 9th, 2017 at 6:52 pm

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: Banking and Finance, Budget, Mississippi, MS State Government, PERS, PERS, Revenue, SLRP, Spending, State Bonds

Credit Rating Agency Warns State Officials That Rate Cut Could Be Coming If Pension Liabilities Not Corrected Getting better or getting worse? That’s the question Mississippi leaders are debating after the third major credit rating agency warned last week that it was concerned about weakness in state finances and the overall economy. For credit rater […]

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Warns Of “Very Severe” State Budget Cuts.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 27th, 2017 at 8:05 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: Budget, Governor, Leadership, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, News, Phil Bryant, Revenue, Spending, State Bonds, State Lottery, Vicksburg

Former Legislator George Flaggs, now Mayor of Vicksburg, is warning city officials to prepare for financial setbacks related to emergency spending cuts of the state budget by Governor Phil Bryant. The Vicksburg Post reports that Flaggs discussed the potential effect of the cuts on the city with city division heads Friday, and has asked accounting […]

Aquatic Center? The Newest Proposal To Spend Money The State Doesn’t Have For A Project Most Mississippians Will Never Use.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 6th, 2017 at 6:06 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: Banking and Finance, Budget, Cory Wilson, Economic Development, Economy, Ethics, Legislature, Madison County, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, MS State Government, News, Spending, State Bonds

An 88,700-square-foot facility at an estimated cost of $33.6 million has been proposed for land to be donated by the city of Ridgeland for the Mississippi Aquatic Center. The facility would rely on corporate sponsorships — including the possibility of naming rights for big participants — and fees. It also would need a bond issue […]

Seriously? Another Month Long Delay To Take Cost Of Kemper Past $7 Billion

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 7th, 2017 at 7:30 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, East Mississippi, Economic Development, Eminent Domain, Energy, Ethics, Federal Government, Governor, Haley Barbour, Legislature, MDA, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Politics, Spending, State Bonds

The latest delay, confirmed Friday, pushes the plant’s price tag over $7 billion. Of the nearly $52 million increase caused by the delay, the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. says shareholders will pay $34 million. Ratepayers could be asked to pay the rest. The plant and associated coal mine were originally supposed to be finished […]

PLUNKETT: And The Winner Of The Inaugural ‘2016 Mississippi PEP Turkey Award’ Is . . .

By Keith Plunkett | December 12th, 2016 at 6:45 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: #PEPPoll, Budget, Contributor, Governor, Haley Barbour, Jim Hood, Keith Plunkett, Lynn Fitch, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, Phil Bryant, Politics, Public Service, Spending, Stacey Pickering, State Bonds, Taxes, Treasurer, Virtue

We hope you enjoyed our first-ever ‘Mississippi PEP Turkey Award’ interactive email series the week of Thanksgiving. I certainly had fun putting the content together. In case you missed it we put together 3 – and with a surprise twist added a fourth – examples of Mississippi elected officials trying to appear tough and no […]

PLUNKETT: MS Bond Commission Adopts New Rules, Still Won’t Do Their Damn Job!

By Keith Plunkett | November 14th, 2016 at 4:05 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: Contributor, Ethics, Governor, Jim Hood, Legislature, Lynn Fitch, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Spending, State Bonds, Treasurer

The Mississippi Bond Commission has adopted new rules that will restrict the type of debt the commission issues. This is all fine and good. Makes perfect sense. But, it begs a few questions: If they believe this type of debt is so out of bounds, then why does the commission keep approving the projects? Treasurer […]

Vicksburg Requests State Issue $500,000 in Bonds Authorized by Legislature in 2015 for Waterpark Construction.

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 1st, 2016 at 10:53 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, Legislature, News, Spending, State Bonds, Vicksburg

A proposed $12.95 million waterpark for Vicksburg will benefit from $500,000 in state general obligation bonds for its construction following action Friday by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The board approved a resolution asking the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration to declare a necessity to issue the state G.O. bonds for a tourism […]

Three Major Credit Agencies to Evaluate States Bond Rating on Heels of Fitch Downgrade.

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 9th, 2016 at 8:38 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: Budget, Leadership, MS State Government, News, Revenue, State Bonds

Representatives of the nation’s three major credit ratings agencies will be in Jackson later this month to begin grading the credit strength of the state’s approximately $562 million general obligation bond for fiscal 2016-2017. The visit comes after Fitch Ratings Service recently downgraded the state’s current general obligation and revenue bonds and Moody’s put a […]

CONRAD: Reckless Spending on Pet Projects is Confiscation of Income and a Violation of Liberty.

By Richard Conrad | August 24th, 2016 at 8:18 am

BY: Richard Conrad / Contributor

Richard Conrad is Treasurer of the United Conservatives Fund and an active grassroots conservative from Laurel, MS.

Filed Under: Budget, Business, Contributor, Economic Development, Economy, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Pine Belt, Principles of Freedom, Spending, State Bonds, Taxes, Transportation

America has lost her first love. From the beginning, the cornerstone of America’s greatness and exceptionalism is liberty. The ability to determine one’s own fate by making choices tempered by a moral foundation without interference from government, catapulted a peculiar and special people to the greatest nation in history. A nation that positively impacted society, […]