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

Mississippi Economic Council Echo Chamber: Coming To A Town Near You.

By Keith Plunkett | November 17th, 2017 at 1:22 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: Contributor, Feature Stories, Issues, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Meridian, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Spending, State Bonds, Taxes, Transportation

With time and gobs of money, and plenty of echo chamber events like these and the Hobnob held a few weeks ago, the Mississippi Economic Council is betting they will eventually get the answers they’re looking for.

Mississippi Has Largest Percentage Of Drivers Using Cellphones While Behind The Wheel

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 14th, 2017 at 6:12 am

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Filed Under: Mississippi, National, News, Public Safety, Transportation

New results from data shows that Mississippi drivers use their phones, either for talking or texting, on almost half their trips, more than any other state in the nation.

HARRISON: Will State Lottery Be On Agenda For 2017 Special Session?

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 11th, 2017 at 3:01 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Commentary, Gambling, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, Phil Bryant, Philip Gunn, Politics, Republican, Revenue, Spending, State Lottery, Transportation

Governor Phil Bryant had previously opposed the lottery. But late last year, Bryant’s position on the lottery shifted. He cited the number of Mississippians purchasing lottery tickets in neighboring states, taking money out of the state, as the reason for his support for the lottery.

North Mississippi Lawmakers Republican Parks And Democrat Bain Both Reject Talk Of State Lottery

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 11th, 2017 at 12:41 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Culture, Democrats, Gambling, Legislature, MDOT, MS State Government, News, Nick Bain, North Mississippi, Politics, Republican, Revenue, Rita Parks, Spending, State Lottery, Transportation

Parks said although she’s open to creating new ways to generate income in the state, the Kossuth native is against a state lottery. Rep. Nick Bain (D-Corinth) said he will also vote no on any lottery legislation.

Mississippi Senate Rejects House Attempts To Earmark Internet Taxes For Road And Bridge Repair

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 28th, 2017 at 6:30 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Philip Gunn, Politics, Republican, Spending, Tate Reeves, Taxes, Transportation

Gov. Phil Bryant will have to call a special session for lawmakers to set a budget for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. The House on Monday tried to force the Senate to hold discussions about a long-term plan to fund repairs for highways and bridges. But, that effort failed in a rare public disagreement between […]

WILSON: Mississippi Bridge List Filled With Discrepancies

By Steve Wilson | March 24th, 2017 at 1:39 pm

BY: Steve Wilson / Watchdog.org

A reporter with Watchdog.org, a member of the Mississippi Press Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Steve served four-plus years in the United States Coast Guard after his high school graduation and is a native of Mobile, Ala.

Filed Under: Business, Contributor, Economic Development, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, MS State Government, Spending, Transportation

A December 2015 study commissioned by the Mississippi Economic Council and conducted by researchers from Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi said the state needs to spend $375 million more annually, with $300 million for state bridges and highways and $75 million for local needs.

According to numbers Mississippi Watchdog obtained from the Legislature, the total price to repair or replace all of the closed or posted bridges on the list would be $59.6 million. The average lifespan of a bridge in the U.S. is 70 years. Most bridges on the list would cost $250,000 or less to replace.

As Time Ticks Away In 2017 Session MDOT Works With Feds To Close Bridges.

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 6th, 2017 at 10:13 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Democrats, Ethics, Federal Government, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Politics, Revenue, Spending, Tate Reeves, Transportation

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves implied in a comment to media that the recent timing of MDOT and the Federal Highway Administration closure of more than 100 bridges is suspect. The chairman of the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee, Sen. Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, warned that the newly designated status of the more than 3,000 bridges could […]

MDOT Spending Money On Slick Video Production To Convince Voters The Dept. Needs More Money.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 24th, 2017 at 6:56 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Business, Ethics, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, News, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, Transportation

Unfortunately for those advocating for raising the gas tax, this video raises a more basic question: “Why Does MDOT Spend Money On Promotional Material Instead Of Roads And Bridges?”

House Leaders And Grassroots Conservatives Have Tug-Of-War Over Internet Tax Bill, MS GOP Remains Silent

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 7th, 2017 at 1:36 pm

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Filed Under: Banking and Finance, Budget, Business, Economic Development, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News, Politics, Republican, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, Transportation

Legislation to collect sales taxes on internet purchases cleared the Mississippi House on Monday after a tug-of-war between House Republican leadership and grassroots conservative advocacy groups. The bill claims the need for the tax increase is to fund improvements to deficient roads and bridges. However, data to support the claims of deficient conditions has been […]