Hampton: Every Issue MS Legislature Dealt With In Special Session Existed In “Regular” Session

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 12th, 2017 at 8:39 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: Commentary, Culture, Governor, Gulf Coast, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Republican

I would have thought a political party with super majorities in the House and Senate and control of all statewide office with the exception of the Attorney General’s Office could hide their shenanigans in plain sight. Turns out, it was disagreement in the Republican Party that led to the special session.

PLUNKETT: 2013 Mississippi Law To Protect History Has A Monumental Loophole

By Keith Plunkett | May 26th, 2017 at 6:12 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, Culture, Ethics, Feature Stories, Governor, History, Keith Plunkett, Law Enforcement, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics

This law doesn’t protect any monument from being moved. It spreads the authority in confusing ways into a labyrinth of bureaucracy, enough to make it more difficult for citizens to determine which entity and what level of government is actually responsible.

Government Contract Reforms That Should Be Big News Get Little Attention

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 22nd, 2017 at 6:10 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: Ethics, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Opinion, Spending

As the dismal saga of bribery and extortion swirling around former Commissioner Chris Epps and Mississippi Department of Corrections contracts continues to make headlines, epic reforms to the public contracting process slipped through the Legislature with scant media attention. Longtime champion of contract reform Representative Jerry Turner passed legislation that completely revamps the public contract […]

Governor Signs ABLE Act Allowing Tax-Free Savings To Assist Special Needs

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 14th, 2017 at 9:46 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: Desoto County, Governor, Inspirational, Kevin Blackwell, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Public Service, Republican, Taxes

The sponsor of the bill, state Sen. Kevin Blackwell, R-Olive Branch, called the legislation significant for the lives of those affected by disabilities and special needs.

“It’s something that will help folks not only now but provide down the line for families who have children with special needs,” Blackwell said. “At the time of the demise of their parents, these children will have the resources to be cared for and live as full and productive lives as possible.”

Governor Signs Campaign Finance Legislation Into Law

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 11th, 2017 at 7:11 pm

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Filed Under: Campaign Finance, Elections, Ethics, Governor, Legislature, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant

The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, prohibits personal use of campaign money, and defines personal use as any “other than expenditures relating to gaining, holding or performing functions of public office.” It specifically prohibits personal spending of campaign money including: mortgage, rent or utility payments for any residential property of a candidate or family member, clothing, automobiles, travel expenses not related to a campaign or holding office, admission to entertainment events and non-documented loans.

Gov. Bryant Signs Bill Funding Trooper School

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 11th, 2017 at 5:07 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Governor, Law Enforcement, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant, Public Safety, Spending

MHP is currently allowed to have about 650 troopers on the roadway, but they only about 475. There are also about 150 troopers due for retirement.

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.

Mental Healthcare, Education, Arts Pinched By State Cuts

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

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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.

MAHARREY: Mississippi Law to Ban Sanctuary Cities Actually Doesn’t

By Michael Maharrey | April 6th, 2017 at 1:29 am

BY: Michael Maharrey / Communications Director -- Tenth Amendment Center

Michael Maharrey is the Communications Director for the Tenth Amendment Center. He proudly resides in the original home of the Principles of '98 - Kentucky. He is the author of the book, 'Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty'.

Filed Under: Contributor, Ethics, Federal Government, Governor, Immigration, Law Enforcement, Leadership, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Public Safety, Sean Tindell, Tenth Amendment

As signed by Gov. Bryant, the new law would not bar implementation of local provisions prohibiting inquiries about a person’s immigration status. It also doesn’t prohibit local authorities from releasing undocumented immigrants from custody once they’ve posted bond, or served their time, even if ICE requests an immigration detainer. In short, SB2710 does not prohibit the most common sanctuary city policies and in no way outlaws sanctuary cities.

PLUNKETT: A Deeper Dive Into The Possible Unintended Consequences Of Mississippi’s New Occupational Licensing Reform Law

By Keith Plunkett | April 2nd, 2017 at 11:01 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, Economy, Feature Stories, Governor, Job Growth, Keith Plunkett, Leadership, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics

As we see with the state government’s years of knotted up regs clogging the bowels of industry and costing Mississippians jobs and innovative services, the unintended consequences of a “darn good government plan” can bloom eternally as toxic as a perennial red tide.

The ultimate goal should be to remove governments regulatory chokehold. That can only be accomplished by removing government from the equation entirely.