Mississippi Officials Positioning For Economic Development Prize Of Toyota and Mazda Assembly Plant.

By Keith Plunkett | August 8th, 2017 at 7:14 pm

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: Business, Desoto County, Economic Development, Economy, Job Growth, MDA, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, National, News, North Mississippi, Spending

It is unfortunate that the spirit of competition for these “economic development” projects so overwhelms grown men that they don’t stop long enough to calmly assess how much they are willing to give of ours in order to get something for themselves.

After all, it’s not their money they’re gambling with.

PLUNKETT: Government Data Collection: It’s Not The Governments Story To Tell

By Keith Plunkett | July 21st, 2017 at 11:07 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: Civil Rights, Commentary, Common Core, Contributor, Economy, Education, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Governor, Institutes of Higher Learning, Keith Plunkett, Liberty, MDA, MDE, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State University, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, US Congress

Unelected state agency directors using government data collection information from a federally funded data program at a university heavily dependent on federal subsidy want to tell Mississippi’s story.

Commercial Dispatch: State Government Officials “Reckless” Attitude Over Economic Development Insulting To Mississippi Taxpayers.

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 23rd, 2017 at 3:22 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, Business, Commentary, Culture, Economic Development, Economy, Ethics, Feature Stories, Governor, Job Growth, MDA, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Republican, Spending, Taxes

Over the past half dozen years, our state leaders — through the Mississippi Development Authority — have given hundreds of millions of taxpayer-funded incentives to companies to recruit out-of-state industries. While we recognize the importance of making our state attractive to these companies, we also expect our leaders exhibit prudence and restraint. That means making […]

Taxpayer Funded “Economic Development” Project In Hattiesburg Is Latest Struggling To Make Payments And Hit Job Numbers.

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 5th, 2017 at 10:47 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: Business, Economic Development, Economy, Energy, Ethics, Hattiesburg, MDA, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Taxes

Stion had been working closely with the Mississippi Development Authority to rework the terms of its original $75 million loan with the state. Capital investment projection numbers were lowered to $250 million by December 2019 and job creation numbers dropped to 500 by December 2022.

PLUNKETT: Dept. of Revenue Tax Rule: “Probably, Maybe, We Don’t Know . . . We Were Exploited!”

By Keith Plunkett | February 18th, 2017 at 10:10 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: Budget, Business, Contributor, Economic Development, Economy, Ethics, Feature Stories, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, MDA, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Revenue, Spending, Taxes

“Exactly Who Is Doing The Exploiting Here?” On February 15 the Dept. of Revenue conducted a public hearing on a proposed regulation to begin collecting sales taxes from purchases made on the internet in Mississippi from out-of-state businesses. Notice of the proposed rule change popped up back in mid-January when it became clear that a […]

Micro-Breweries Get House Approval For On-Site Sales, Senate Version Expected In Committee By Monday

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 5th, 2017 at 7:16 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: Beer, Business, Economic Development, Economy, Job Growth, Legislature, MDA, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, News, Taxes

Last week, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed a bill allowing in-state breweries to sell up to 576 ounces per day per customers, roughly two cases of beer. The bill also provided allows brewers to sell up to 10 percent of their annual production, or 1,500 barrels, whichever is less. Breweries also would pay a […]

PLUNKETT: Which State Agencies Spent The Most Money And Gave More Pay Raises During 2016 Spending Spree? [Interactive Chart]

By Keith Plunkett | January 20th, 2017 at 8:45 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: Budget, Contributor, Economy, Ethics, Keith Plunkett, MDA, MDE, MDEQ, MDOC, MDOT, Medicaid, MEMA, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi Supreme Court, MS Attorney General, MS Bureau of Narcotics, MS Secretary of State, MS State Government, News, Opinion, PERS, Politics, Public Service Commission, Spending, Taxes, Treasurer

The Hattiesburg American published a report by Clarion Ledger Political Reporter Geoff Pender on Monday, January 16 that: “a report requested by lawmakers and making the rounds at the Capitol shows that 74 state agencies, for the first five months of this fiscal year, gave $12.4 million in raises to 3,396 employees. It shows that […]

Seriously? Another Month Long Delay To Take Cost Of Kemper Past $7 Billion

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 7th, 2017 at 7:30 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: Business, East Mississippi, Economic Development, Eminent Domain, Energy, Ethics, Federal Government, Governor, Haley Barbour, Legislature, MDA, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Politics, Spending, State Bonds

The latest delay, confirmed Friday, pushes the plant’s price tag over $7 billion. Of the nearly $52 million increase caused by the delay, the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. says shareholders will pay $34 million. Ratepayers could be asked to pay the rest. The plant and associated coal mine were originally supposed to be finished […]

FY 2018 Budget: State Agency Directors Should Prepare For Rejection.

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 11th, 2016 at 8:08 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, Education, Governor, Institutes of Higher Learning, Legislature, MDA, MDOC, MS State Government, News, Spending

Several agencies cut services heading into fiscal 2017, and they could face even tighter budgets in the coming year. Among them is the Department of Mental Health. In May, Mental Health director Diana Mikula announced the department was making several cuts, including closing 67 drug and alcohol rehabilitation beds and 29 beds at the State […]

Governor Bryant’s FY 2018 Budget Proposes Scrapping Film Production Subsidy 

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 19th, 2016 at 3:21 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, Governor, Legislature, MDA, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant, Revenue, Spending

BY: Steve Wilson/Watchdog.org If Gov. Phil Bryant has his way, Mississippi will follow the example of Florida and other states and scrap its film production subsidy program. Bryant’s proposed budget for fiscal 2018, which begins July 1, proposes allowing the incentive program to expire with the new fiscal year, among other cuts. Bryant, as chair […]