Empower MS Hires Two Outreach Coordinators To Connect To More Parents Across State

By Keith Plunkett | June 12th, 2017 at 7:24 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: Charter Schools, City of Jackson, Delta, Desoto County, Education, Empower Mississippi, Feature Stories, Gulf Coast, Influencing Institutions, Leadership, Liberty, MDE, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, News, Politics, School Choice

Empower Mississippi has successfully pushed a number of education reform policies through the Legislature, including a program that allows students with disabilities to receive monetary assistance for educational expenses. On June 8, the organizationĀ announced the hiring of two community outreach coordinators, Anna Beth Houston and Constance White. Empower Mississippi President Grant Callen announced the two […]

Hood Says Special Session Appropriation Cut AG’s Budget By 28-Percent Compared To 2015

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 12th, 2017 at 7:08 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: Buck Clarke, Budget, Democrats, Jim Hood, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Politics, Spending

In the 2016 session the Legislature passed the Budget Transparency and Simplification Act that substantially changed the stateā€™s budgeting process. But the legislative leadership has yet to release information detailing how those changes impact each agency.

Lori McJohnson Reflects On Two Year Fight In Legislature To Enact Nathan’s Law

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 4th, 2017 at 5:17 am

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Filed Under: Chris McDaniel, Mississippi, MS State Government, News

Jonathan Scott Pates pleaded guilty in court Wednesday to aggravated assault after he hit a stopped school bus with his truck, injuring a child who was unloading. He was convicted under Nathanā€™s Law, and has to go to jail for five years. Lori McJohnson said justice was served. ā€œIt also made all of the hard […]

McDaniel Lets Slip That U.S. Senate Not Only Elected Office He’s Considering

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 28th, 2017 at 2:50 am

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Filed Under: Chris McDaniel, Leadership, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Politics, Public Service

Rumblings about State Senator Chris McDaniel challenging U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker in 2018 are still ongoing. But McDaniel also let it be known he’s considering a run for statewide office too, and he is looking at it “closely”.

Alabama Governor Signs Bill Protecting Historical Monuments

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 25th, 2017 at 4:56 pm

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Filed Under: Culture, History, Leadership, News

The Alabama Memorial Preservation Act was signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey. The law is not restricted to Confederate monuments, but has broad impact.

Rep. Oliver Issues Apology Over Boneheaded Use Of Word “Lynched” To Protest Removal Of Historic Monuments

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 22nd, 2017 at 1:21 pm

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Filed Under: Civil Rights, Culture, History, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, News, Politics, Race

The following is a statement from Rep. Karl Oliver regarding the public firestorm surrounding his use of the word “lynched” in a Facebook Post protesting the removal of historic monuments: “I, first and foremost, wish to extend this apology for any embarrassment I have caused to both my colleagues and fellow Mississippians. In an effort […]

Mississippi Economy Struggles As Other States Take Off

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 20th, 2017 at 6:36 am

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Filed Under: Business, Economy, Job Growth, Mississippi, MS State Government, News

Mississippi suffers from a cluster of ills that make it an economic laggard. Only 53 percent of Mississippi adults were working in 2016, the second lowest share of any state. Mississippiā€™s economy depends on slow-growth sectors, including government employment.

MS Supreme Court Hears Arguments In School Funding Lawsuit

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 20th, 2017 at 6:23 am

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Filed Under: Education, Legislature, MAEP, MDE, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Ronnie Musgrove, Spending, Superintendents

At stake is the demand from the school districts to be paid back $236 million that the 21 districts say the state owes them for the budget years 2010 through 2015, representing their shares of how much the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula was shorted.

Mississippi Capitol Designated As National Historic Landmark.

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 5th, 2017 at 11:04 am

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Filed Under: City of Jackson, Culture, Federal Government, History, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, National, News

Mississippi officials are celebrating the designation of the state Capitol as a National Historic Landmark. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and others took part in a ceremony Thursday inside the structure that is still a working statehouse. The Capitol cost only $1 million when it was built between 1901 and 1903. It has undergone multiple restoration […]

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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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.