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

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 11th, 2017 at 3:01 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: 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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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, 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 / Investigative Editor - Mississippi Matters

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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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, 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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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, 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 […]

Democrats in MS Senate Attempt to Redefine Infrastructure Needs as “Crisis” to Repeal Tax Cut

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 4th, 2016 at 10:08 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: David Blount, Democrats, Economy, Hob Bryan, Mississippi, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Spending, Transportation

A group of Senate Democrats is proposing to repeal the largest tax cut in the state’s history and direct those funds to roads and bridges. The Legislature, led by Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, passed the tax cut – $415 million in today’s dollars to be completely phased in by 2024 – during the 2016 […]

Former State Senator Remembered With Naming of Memorial Highway

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 16th, 2016 at 8:26 am

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Filed Under: Clay County, Democrats, Golden Triangle, Legislature, Mike Tagert, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Public Service, Transportation

Members of the Mississippi State Senate and the House of Representatives gathered in West Point on September 15 with city and county leaders to pay tribute to former state senator Bennie Turner. Bennie Turner served as the Clay County prosecuting attorney before being elected to the District 16 Senate seat in 1993. He served until […]

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, […]