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.

Mental Healthcare, Education, Arts Pinched By State Cuts

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 9th, 2017 at 6:52 am

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, East Mississippi, Education, Governor, Lauderdale County, Meridian, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant, Revenue, Spending

The proposed $5.8 billion general fund plan – a plan that is $134 million less than the current fiscal year budget – and the reduction will affect state agencies and departments. Though disappointed to not see more funding, the heads of several local agencies and departments say cuts for the next fiscal year will require a few adjustments, but most say nothing drastic.

Raytheon Proposes Building Air Force Jet Trainer in Meridian

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 24th, 2016 at 4:02 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: East Mississippi, Economic Development, Federal Government, Lauderdale County, Meridian, News, Public Safety

Raytheon plans to build the T-100 Integrated Air Training System, a proposed jet trainer for the U.S. Air Force, in Meridian, Mississippi. Should the Air Force approve the company’s proposal for the Advanced Pilot Training program, Raytheon would establish a final assembly and check-out facility at a site it has chosen in Meridian. “Our process […]

Meridian elementary teacher on leave pending outcome of molestation investigation.

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 1st, 2013 at 6:49 am

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: Education, Law Enforcement, Meridian, Mississippi, Public Safety, Teachers

A Meridian School District elementary school teacher is currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of a grand jury decision on a case of child molestation. Meridian Police Department Capt. Dean Harper, commander of the MPD’s Criminal Investigation Division, said Tuesday afternoon the teacher, whose name is being withheld pending the outcome of the grand […]

DOJ and Meridian Public Schools reach agreement on discriminatory disciplinary practices.

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 25th, 2013 at 7:16 am

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: ACLU, East Mississippi, Education, Ethics, Federal Government, Law Enforcement, Meridian, Mississippi, Race, Superintendents, Teachers

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Meridian Public School district have come to terms on a consent decree to address allegations of past racial discrimination in using harsh school discipline policies that the DOJ said created what has been called a school to prison pipeline in Meridian. If approved by the court, the proposed […]

Rep. Greg Snowden talks state budget at Meridian meeting.

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 16th, 2013 at 6:58 am

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, East Mississippi, Entitlements, Greg Snowden, Legislature, Meridian, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, Politics, Republican, Revenue, Spending, State Bonds

At a Council of Governments meeting on Monday, Snowden said the session, which began a week ago, will last 90 days. The biggest action of the first week, he said, was passing appropriations bills that will put money mainly at community colleges and IHL facilities for bad roofs. Traditionally, he said, this money has been […]

Mississippi Power says Kemper County facility more than 70 percent complete

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 16th, 2012 at 8:44 am

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: East Mississippi, Economic Development, Energy, Job Growth, Lauderdale County, Meridian, Mississippi

Mississippi Power is reporting that the Kemper County energy facility is more than 70 percent complete. Last week the two largest pieces of equipment were delivered to the plant site, which will aid in reducing emissions. The delivery was a coordinated effort between the Mississippi Department of Transportation, the Kemper County Sheriff’s Department, the city […]

Speaker Gunn talks charter schools and PERS reform

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 9th, 2012 at 11:39 am

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: Charter Schools, East Mississippi, Lauderdale County, Legislature, Meridian, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, PERS, Philip Gunn, Politics, Republican, Spending, Superintendents, Teachers

(Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip) Gunn is a proponent of charter schools in Mississippi and is hopeful the House and Senate can agree on legislation during the next session to offer parents and their children school choice, particularly in failing school districts. “I think it’s time for us in Mississippi to get our educational […]

NAACP files ethics charges against over 60 officials in school-to-prison pipeline case

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 31st, 2012 at 6:37 am

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: Ethics, Lauderdale County, Law Enforcement, Meridian, Mississippi, MS State Government, Politics, Public Safety, Race

Complaints to the Mississippi Ethics Commission about more than 60 elected and appointed officials in Meridian and Lauderdale County are not related to the Department of Justice’s investigation and lawsuit alleging a school-to-prison pipeline, but the complaints stem from the same problem, according to local NAACP members. The local NAACP chapter filed ethics complaints against […]

Lt. Gov. Reeves: Best legislation is one in which the members all have an interest.

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 12th, 2012 at 6:26 am

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: Education, Ethics, Legislature, Meridian, Mississippi, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Politics, Republican, Tate Reeves

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves told a nearly packed Meridian Rotary Club luncheon Wednesday he and the state’s lawmakers worked hard to make Mississippi a better place in which to live, work and raise a family. Reeves said legislators passed laws benefitting job creation and education. “My goal as the leader of the Senate was to […]