Referendum On MEC Supported Tax Increase Is “Fraught With Landmines” For Transportation Planners.

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 23rd, 2017 at 7:02 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: Commentary, Elections, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, Transportation

Perhaps groups that are advocating for more transportation spending, such as the Mississippi Economic Council, could run a successful campaign to get voters to agree to a package of tax and fee increases.

But the MEC and other like-minded groups, no doubt, would have to think long and hard before endorsing such a referendum

Mississippi Economic Council Echo Chamber: Coming To A Town Near You.

By Keith Plunkett | November 17th, 2017 at 1:22 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, Feature Stories, Issues, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Meridian, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Spending, State Bonds, Taxes, Transportation

With time and gobs of money, and plenty of echo chamber events like these and the Hobnob held a few weeks ago, the Mississippi Economic Council is betting they will eventually get the answers they’re looking for.

WILSON: Mississippi Bridge List Filled With Discrepancies

By Steve Wilson | March 24th, 2017 at 1:39 pm

BY: Steve Wilson / Watchdog.org

A reporter with Watchdog.org, a member of the Mississippi Press Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Steve served four-plus years in the United States Coast Guard after his high school graduation and is a native of Mobile, Ala.

Filed Under: Business, Contributor, Economic Development, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, MS State Government, Spending, Transportation

A December 2015 study commissioned by the Mississippi Economic Council and conducted by researchers from Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi said the state needs to spend $375 million more annually, with $300 million for state bridges and highways and $75 million for local needs.

According to numbers Mississippi Watchdog obtained from the Legislature, the total price to repair or replace all of the closed or posted bridges on the list would be $59.6 million. The average lifespan of a bridge in the U.S. is 70 years. Most bridges on the list would cost $250,000 or less to replace.

As Time Ticks Away In 2017 Session MDOT Works With Feds To Close Bridges.

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 6th, 2017 at 10:13 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, Democrats, Ethics, Federal Government, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Politics, Revenue, Spending, Tate Reeves, Transportation

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves implied in a comment to media that the recent timing of MDOT and the Federal Highway Administration closure of more than 100 bridges is suspect. The chairman of the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee, Sen. Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, warned that the newly designated status of the more than 3,000 bridges could […]

Rep. Charles Busby Throws A Fit Over Senate Killing Legislation Authorizing Internet Tax

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 3rd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Business, Charles Busby, Economic Development, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Politics, Tate Reeves, Taxes

Rep. Charles Busby of Pascagoula tabled the Senate Memorial Bills the day after Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, killed a bill in the Senate that would have authorized an internet tax to pay for road repair.

MDOT Spending Money On Slick Video Production To Convince Voters The Dept. Needs More Money.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 24th, 2017 at 6:56 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, Business, Ethics, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, News, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, Transportation

Unfortunately for those advocating for raising the gas tax, this video raises a more basic question: “Why Does MDOT Spend Money On Promotional Material Instead Of Roads And Bridges?”

House Leaders And Grassroots Conservatives Have Tug-Of-War Over Internet Tax Bill, MS GOP Remains Silent

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 7th, 2017 at 1:36 pm

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Filed Under: Banking and Finance, Budget, Business, Economic Development, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News, Politics, Republican, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, Transportation

Legislation to collect sales taxes on internet purchases cleared the Mississippi House on Monday after a tug-of-war between House Republican leadership and grassroots conservative advocacy groups. The bill claims the need for the tax increase is to fund improvements to deficient roads and bridges. However, data to support the claims of deficient conditions has been […]

Roads And Bridges: Gov. Bryant Wants More Federal Money, Speaker Gunn Asks Lobbying Groups What To Do.

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 6th, 2017 at 6:42 am

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Filed Under: Ethics, Federal Government, Governor, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, MS State Government, Phil Bryant, Philip Gunn, Politics, Spending, Taxes

Despite Mississippi already receiving more money in federal grants and federal aid than any other state, Gov. Phil Bryant said he will work to get more rather than find a way for the state to pay for its own road and bridge maintenance. The state receives $4.70 for every dollar paid in federal taxes. Bryant, […]

Cochran and Childers both on schedule to speak Wednesday at Hobnob Mississippi 2014.

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 27th, 2014 at 5:21 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: Mississippi Economic Council, Politics, Thad Cochran

The 13th Annual Hobnob Mississippi will be held on Wednesday, October 29 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Held at the Mississippi Coliseum at the State Fairgrounds in Jackson, Hobnob Mississippi is a fun political rally-styled event that features Mississippi’s statewide elected officials and candidates for statewide office. The event this year will be held inside due […]

Education will be key focus for state in 2013 according to officials.

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 2nd, 2012 at 7:00 am

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Filed Under: Education, Governor, Legislature, Lynn Fitch, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, MS State Government, Phil Bryant, Philip Gunn, Politics, Republican, Superintendents, Teachers

“The most aggressive … legislative session on education will take place next year,” Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual Hobnob event where much of the state’s business community hears from the elected leadership. Speaking under a large tent on the grounds of the state’s Agriculture Museum, Bryant said during the […]