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 […]

PLUNKETT: And The Winner Of The Inaugural ‘2016 Mississippi PEP Turkey Award’ Is . . .

By Keith Plunkett | December 12th, 2016 at 6:45 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: #PEPPoll, Budget, Contributor, Governor, Haley Barbour, Jim Hood, Keith Plunkett, Lynn Fitch, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, Phil Bryant, Politics, Public Service, Spending, Stacey Pickering, State Bonds, Taxes, Treasurer, Virtue

We hope you enjoyed our first-ever ‘Mississippi PEP Turkey Award’ interactive email series the week of Thanksgiving. I certainly had fun putting the content together. In case you missed it we put together 3 – and with a surprise twist added a fourth – examples of Mississippi elected officials trying to appear tough and no […]

PLUNKETT: MS Bond Commission Adopts New Rules, Still Won’t Do Their Damn Job!

By Keith Plunkett | November 14th, 2016 at 4:05 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: Contributor, Ethics, Governor, Jim Hood, Legislature, Lynn Fitch, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Spending, State Bonds, Treasurer

The Mississippi Bond Commission has adopted new rules that will restrict the type of debt the commission issues. This is all fine and good. Makes perfect sense. But, it begs a few questions: If they believe this type of debt is so out of bounds, then why does the commission keep approving the projects? Treasurer […]

Governor Bryant Proclaims September College Savings Month, Treasurer Fitch Announces MPACT Open Enrollment.

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 4th, 2016 at 6:19 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: Education, Governor, Institutes of Higher Learning, Lynn Fitch, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant, Treasurer

Treasurer Lynn Fitch joined Governor Phil Bryant September 2 as he signed a proclamation naming September 2016 College Savings Month. “I appreciate Governor Bryant’s support as we join in the national celebration to support College Savings Month,” said Treasurer Fitch. “More and more Mississippi students are seeking higher education, which is a great trend to […]

Treasurer Fitch and MPACT Board working to revamp troubled program.

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 20th, 2013 at 7:06 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: Cory Wilson, Education, Lynn Fitch, Mississippi, MS State Government, Public Service, Republican, Spending, Tate Reeves, Treasurer

Mississippi’s Prepaid College Tuition program is at a stand-still. It’s supposed to allow parents to lock in college tuition rates early and not have to pay for any tuition hikes later. But there’s been a growing crack in the piggy bank. A recent audit of the program raised multiple financial concerns and put the board […]

Officials hope MPACT plan will reopen by January 2014.

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 1st, 2013 at 11:51 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: Banking and Finance, Budget, Education, John Polk, Legislature, Lynn Fitch, Mississippi, MS State Government, Politics, Spending, Treasurer

The board of the Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition Plan announced in September it was stopping new enrollment until an audit could be done of the plan’s long-term sustainability. At the time, Fitch would not commit to resumption of the plan. On Tuesday, auditors with Michigan-based Gabriel Roeder Smith & Company told the board that […]

PEP Talk Podcast: Treasurer Fitch discusses the outcome of the MPACT audit and the future of the program.

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 30th, 2013 at 4:49 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: Education, Keith Plunkett, Lynn Fitch, Mississippi, MS State Government, Opinion, Podcast, Politics, Spending, Treasurer

In the latest PEP Talk Podcast, Treasurer Lynn Fitch joined Managing Editor Keith Plunkett to discuss the outcome of the audit of the Mississippi Prepaid College Tuition program, and how the MPACT Board may proceed to save the program from insolvency. [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/90203773″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] This PEP Talk Podcast is brought […]

Plunkett: Treasurer Fitch’s “Conservative Borrowing Plan” will give citizens valuable information regarding state debt.

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 20th, 2013 at 6:26 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: Contributor, Education, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Lynn Fitch, Mississippi, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Podcast, Politics, Public Service, Republican, Spending, State Bonds, Tate Reeves, Treasurer

BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting and interviewing Treasurer Lynn Fitch in her office in Jackson for one of our PEP Talk Podcasts. It was a pleasure to speak with Lynn, as it always is. She knows her stuff and, true to her trade as a […]

Treasurer Lynn Fitch Issues Statement on Financial Literacy bill dying in Senate Committees.

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 8th, 2013 at 1:54 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: Education, Legislature, Lynn Fitch, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Politics, Republican, Teachers, Treasurer

Treasurer Lynn Fitch released the following statement regarding the refusal of Senate Education and Appropriation Chairmen to bring a Financial Literacy bill up for a full vote: “It’s unfortunate House Bill 637 was allowed to die in the Senate Education Committee. I believe education is pivotal to breaking the cycle of poverty and we are […]

PEP Talk Podcast: Treasurer Lynn Fitch talks Financial Literacy, MPACT and state debt planning.

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 4th, 2013 at 8:32 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: Budget, Contributor, Education, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Lynn Fitch, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Podcast, Politics, Republican, Spending, State Bonds, Treasurer

BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett I joined Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch for our latest PEP Talk Podcast. She discussed ongoing efforts to get a Financial Literacy course requirement for High School Seniors out of the Legislature and to the Governor’s desk. We discussed the outlook of the MPACT Pre-Paid College Savings Program following an audit […]