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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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 […]

Senate Passes Campaign Finance Bill

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 9th, 2017 at 7:06 pm

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Filed Under: County Government, Elections, Keith Plunkett, Law Enforcement, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Politics, Public Service, Stacey Pickering

Senators unanimously agree that there should be limits on Mississippi public officials spending campaign money on themselves. The legislature’s upper chamber passed Senate Bill 2689 Wednesday, sending it to the House for more debate. The House passed a similar bill last month, and Sen. Sally Doty, a Brookhaven Republican, says differences will likely be worked […]

Northside Sun: Reforming And Strengthening Procurement Laws Needed To Address Corruption.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 8th, 2017 at 5:33 pm

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Filed Under: Commentary, County Government, Culture, Ethics, Immorality, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Public Service, Spending

These are not isolated examples but rather the tip of the iceberg, confirming a recent nationwide study showing Mississippi to be the most corrupt state in the nation.

Ultimately, the state Legislature is to blame for allowing Mississippi to have the worst public procurement laws in the nation.

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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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 […]

Hewes Seeking Second Term As Gulfport Mayor

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 4th, 2017 at 5:55 pm

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Filed Under: Billy Hewes, Gulfport, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi Municipalities, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Politics, Public Service, Republican

As mayor, Hewes has overseen a continued revitalization effort of the Gulfport downtown area and Jones Park. Adjacent to downtown and the nearby Port of Gulfport, which received nearly $600 million in federal aid following Hurricane Katrina, Jones Park is frequently the site of music festivals and events and is to become more accessible to visitors by a bridge over U.S. 90 linking the park to downtown.

Vicksburg Post: Gov. Bryant’s State Of The State Nod To Chad Shealy And Vicksburg-Warren School District Well Deserved

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 21st, 2017 at 5:58 am

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Filed Under: County Government, Education, Governor, Inspirational, Leadership, Mississippi Municipalities, Phil Bryant, Vicksburg

In Tuesday night’s State of the State address, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant singled out the Vicksburg Warren School District and its superintendent, Chad Shealy. Bryant praised the district’s Academy of Innovation, which works to hone the knowledge of Vicksburg and Warren County seventh and eighth graders who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. […]

PLUNKETT: Feds Security Designation Of State Election Systems Another Cranny That Will Become A Chasm

By Keith Plunkett | January 12th, 2017 at 6:45 am

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Filed Under: Contributor, Delbert Hosemann, Election Reform, Elections, Ethics, Federal Government, Keith Plunkett, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, Mississippi PEP, MS Secretary of State, MS State Government, National, Opinion, Politics, Tenth Amendment

Mississippi is especially vulnerable to appropriations that allow the federal government to whittle away at state control through grants and new federal requirements. With the 2016 Election behind us and a new incoming President and Republican controlled Congress, it might have felt for a moment to conservatives that we could breathe a little deeper. Sure, […]

#PEPPoll: Should law enforcement be allowed to seize private property permanently from people who have not been convicted of a crime?

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 3rd, 2017 at 6:57 am

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Filed Under: #PEPPoll, Angela Burks Hill, Angela Hill, County Government, Ethics, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics

The aim of forfeiture laws is to seize assets derived from criminal activity. However, under current Mississippi law, property — including cash — can be seized based on mere suspicion of criminal activity, leading to forfeiture even if a person hasn’t been convicted of a crime. Should law enforcement be allowed to seize private property […]

MS Public Defender Bypasses Asset Forfeiture Task Force And Submits His Own More Rigorous Reform Recommendations [#PEPPoll]

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 2nd, 2017 at 7:26 pm

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Filed Under: #PEPPoll, Culture, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Legislature, Mark Baker, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, MS Bureau of Narcotics, MS State Government, News, Property rights, Public Safety

The state public defender is advocating that forfeited funds should go to the state, not individual law enforcement agencies. Andre de Gruy, who is a member of the Asset Forfeiture Task Force created by the Legislature, has submitted his own recommendations for reforming state laws governing asset forfeiture. De Gruy is proposing a “Criminal Justice […]

Abernathy Resigns Southaven Planning Commission, Files Complaint Over Unconstitutional Sign Ordinance

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 2nd, 2017 at 7:49 am

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Filed Under: Elections, Liberty, Mississippi Municipalities, News, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Property rights, Southaven

Don Abernathy, who was first appointed to the Southaven Planning Commission in 2013 and resigned in 2015, said he was told by Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite if he pursued his objections to the city’s sign ordinances, which primarily involve political campaign signs, it would be “a conflict of interest” and he would need to step […]