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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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, […]

College Board approves $11 million for Valley State gym expansion.

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 20th, 2013 at 7:45 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Education, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, Spending, State Bonds

Another $11 million has been added to the budget to expand and renovate Mississippi Valley State University’s gymnasium complex. The College Board approved plans Thursday to raise the budget for the overhaul of the R.W. Harrison Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex to $17.5 million. The complex includes the 5,000-seat gymnasium where Valley’s basketball teams […]

USM gets $20 million in new bond bill for nursing school.

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 29th, 2013 at 6:45 am

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Filed Under: Education, Hattiesburg, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, Politics, Spending, State Bonds

Mississippi lawmakers failed to pass any kind of bond bill in 2012, much to the dismay of numerous state entities including the state’s university system. This year was a different story, and it turned out to be a boon for the University of Southern Mississippi. A $200 million bond bill passed in early April, included […]

Lawmakers considering bond package of $130 million for Yokohama Tire.

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 26th, 2013 at 11:12 am

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Filed Under: Economic Development, Governor, Job Growth, Legislature, MDA, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Phil Bryant, Politics, Spending, State Bonds, Unemployment

The House Ways and Means Committee on Friday held a brief meeting about the project at 9 a.m. The company wasn’t named, but numerous lawmakers said Yokohama, with $4.5 billion in global sales, plans to build a plant that will initially make large tires for heavy equipment. Lawmakers say the company would create 500 jobs […]

Legislature approves borrowing $196 million for projects.

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 2nd, 2013 at 6:39 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Economic Development, Education, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Politics, Spending, State Bonds

(Senate Bill 2931) authorizes $208.55 million in new borrowing during fiscal 2014, which starts July 1. But, leaders subtracted $12.1 million in old bonds that they blocked from being issued, taking the total down to $196.45 million. The measure includes $96.5 million for universities, including $31 million to help build a new medical school building […]

House gives final approval to Nissan financing bill.

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 1st, 2013 at 4:01 pm

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Filed Under: Economic Development, Governor, Job Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Phil Bryant, Politics, Republican, State Bonds, Will Longwitz

The Mississippi House gave its final approval today to a bill that will help create 800-1,000 new jobs at the Nissan plant in Madison County. The bill had been held on a motion to reconsider. It now goes to Gov. Phil Bryant for his consideration. The bill’s principal author, Sen. Will Longwitz (R-Madison) said the […]

House and Senate agree to $200 million in state debt.

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 30th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

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Filed Under: Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Politics, Spending, State Bonds, Tate Reeves

House and Senate negotiators have approved a roughly $200 million bond bill for the upcoming fiscal year. “I think everyone will be happy,” Senate Ways and Means Chairman Joey Fillingane said. Read More

Senate Approves Economic Expansion Measure to Create Jobs at Nissan.

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 27th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

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Filed Under: Economic Development, Job Growth, Legislature, MDA, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Politics, Republican, State Bonds, Will Longwitz

The Mississippi Senate today passed a bill that will enable the creation of hundreds of new jobs at the Nissan plant in Madison County. The bill would allow the issuance of up to $100 million in “revenue-only” bonds to support expansion at and around the plant. The revenue from the bonds will come from lease […]

Senate committees approve $100 million in bonds to bring Nissan suppliers.

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 27th, 2013 at 6:05 am

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Filed Under: Economic Development, Job Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Politics, Republican, State Bonds, Unemployment, Will Longwitz

Two Senate committees voted Tuesday in favor of Senate Bill 2920. It would allow the Madison County Economic Development Authority to issue taxable industrial development bonds, with Nissan using its credit rating to persuade bond buyers to lend money. The authority would own multiple buildings that would house Nissan suppliers brought in to support the […]