Weaponizing “Scorecards” and the Folks that Lie About Them

By Will Hall | June 12th, 2018 at 7:04 am

BY: Will Hall / Contributor

Filed Under: Business, Chris McDaniel, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Contributor, Elections, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Republican, Spending, State Bonds, Will Hall

If doing exactly what a lobbyist wants you to do is courageous or if voting for hundreds of millions in pet projects is conservative, then Cindy Hyde-Smith is the most courageous conservative Mississippi could ever ask for.

After Underhanded Tactic By Legislature, US Supreme Court Ruling Clears Mississippi For Sports Betting

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 14th, 2018 at 11:14 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, Federal Government, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News

The Mississippi Legislature, unbeknownst to most lawmakers and citizens, legalized sports betting in Mississippi casinos last year by deleting a snippet of law that prohibited betting on any games that occur outside casinos. The deletion was made — and not announced to most lawmakers — in a measure dealing with regulation of fantasy sports.

Increasing the Cigarette Tax to Fund Road Maintenance in Mississippi? Not So Fast.

By Katherine Loughead | May 1st, 2018 at 12:49 pm

BY: Katherine Loughead / Policy Analyst — Tax Foundation

Katherine Loughead is a Policy Analyst with the Center for State Tax Policy at the Tax Foundation.

Filed Under: Budget, Contributor, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, Opinion, Philip Gunn, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, Transportation

When linked to inflation, transportation-related taxes and infrastructure user fees generally help ensure that as long as infrastructure networks have reliable users, they have reliable funding. On the other hand, not only are cigarette taxes unrelated to infrastructure, but they also represent a declining revenue stream.

Lawmakers Sneaky Gamble To Legalize Sports Betting Could Pay Off

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 30th, 2018 at 2:40 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: Commentary, Ethics, Federal Government, Gambling, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Politics

State lawmakers in 2017 sneakily legalized sports betting without most folks realizing it, but didn’t come back this year and undo it.

PEER Report Says State Retirement System Won’t Reach Minimum Funding Goal.

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 26th, 2018 at 3:36 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: Legislature, Mississippi, News, PERS, Spending

The latest projects show the Public Employee Retirement System’s funding ratio is more likely to be around 70.1 percent by 2042 instead of the goal,of 80 percent. To fix this, the PEER Committee offers several suggestions.

State Legislative Budget Negotiations Nearing, Bills Pass Both House and Senate

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 14th, 2018 at 2:05 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, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News

Leaders from the House and Senate typically work out final versions of legislative budget bills at the end of a three-month session. The deadline is in late March.

Use Taxes Keep State’s January Collections Slightly Above Revenue Estimates

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 7th, 2018 at 3:18 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, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Revenue, Taxes

The legislative leadership opted to adopt a conservative estimate after multiple years when the collections did not meet the estimate, forcing numerous rounds of budget cuts and in some instances the firing of state employees.

Education Funding In Legislature Brings Lawyers, PAC’s And Lobbyists Even When Lawmakers Agree.

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 22nd, 2018 at 6:34 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, Commentary, Democrats, Education, Ethics, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, Opinion, Political Action Groups, Politics, Republican, School Choice, Spending

Given the stakes in something like the education funding formula rewrite, can we not get a better effort at cooperation? If you’ve listened very closely to the education funding formula debate the last year or so, barely audible under the din, nearly all parties have at one point or another said they agree in overall […]

MAEP Was A Great Achievement For Republicans, Until It Wasn’t

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 18th, 2018 at 9:48 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, Education, Haley Barbour, History, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Republican, Spending

Every Republican who was in the Legislature in 2006 and is in the Legislature now voted for the (Mississippi Adequate Education Program) with the understanding that it guaranteed full funding after a three-year phase-in. Then-Gov. Haley Barbour, surrounded by most Republican members of the Legislature, hosted a news conference in his state Capitol office touting […]

Mississippi 411: January 13, 2018 [VIDEO]

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 12th, 2018 at 10:01 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: Dan Eubanks, Desoto County, Legislature, Mississippi Municipalities, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Public Safety, Republican, Steve Hopkins, Transportation

Rep. Dan Eubanks and Rep. Steve Hopkins of Desoto County return with another year of Mississippi 411 updating the latest from the Mississippi House of Representatives. In this installment the men discuss funding for bridge and road repair, returning some of the use taxes collected back to municipalities and local governments and vaccine exemption rights.