ACU Foundation Announces Ratings for the 2016 Meeting of the Mississippi Legislature

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 30th, 2016 at 6:43 am

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Filed Under: Andy Gipson, Becky Currie, Brice Wiggins, Bubba Carpenter, Chris Massey, Chris McDaniel, Cory Wilson, David Parker, Greg Snowden, John Polk, Josh Harkins, Legislature, Mark Baker, News, Philip Gunn

The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) has released its 2016 ratings of the Mississippi Legislature. In the third year of rating the state, ACU found that the Republican average increased by 3 points—from 77 out of 100 in 2015, to 80 out of 100 in 2016. “Mississippi’s 2016 session enacted much needed small business tax […]

PEP Talk Podcast: Rep. Cecil Brown on the push to do away with inspection stickers in Mississippi.

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 2nd, 2013 at 1:33 pm

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Filed Under: Cecil Brown, Democrats, John Polk, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, Opinion, Podcast, Politics, Public Safety, Spending, Taxes, Transportation

Rep. Cecil Brown joined Managing Editor Keith Plunkett to discuss Brown’s bill HB 499. The bill would have done away with the state requirement for inspection stickers on motor vehicles. However, following passage in the State House by a 112 to 5 vote, the bill never made it out of committee in the State Senate. […]

Legislators to continue port tour today.

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 2nd, 2013 at 7:30 am

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Filed Under: Economic Development, Gulf Coast, John Polk, Josh Harkins, Larry Byrd, Legislature, Michael Watson, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Politics, Public Service, Transportation

The state Senate’s Ports and Marine Resources Committee is continuing rounds Thursday to visit coastal ports, committee chairman Sen. Brice Wiggins said. Wednesday the group visited Bienville Port in Hancock County and the state Port of Gulfport. Thursday morning, they will be in Jackson County to tour the Port of Pascagoula. Two members from the […]

Officials hope MPACT plan will reopen by January 2014.

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 1st, 2013 at 11:51 am

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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 […]

Tate Reeves shifts committee heads after Flowers resigns post

By MississippI PEP Staff | August 16th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

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Filed Under: Education, Energy, John Polk, Merle Flowers, Mississippi, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Politics, Republican, Tate Reeves

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is moving two senators into committee chairmanships. Republican Terry Burton of Newton is the new leader of the Energy Committee, and Republican John Polk of Hattiesburg is head of the Universities and Colleges Committee. The Energy Committee was previously chaired by Republican Merle Flowers of Southaven, who resigned from the […]

School merger bill amended to protect districts, some Republicans break ranks

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 17th, 2012 at 7:18 am

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Filed Under: Angela Burks Hill, David Blount, Education, Gary Jackson, John Polk, Legislature, Michael Watson, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Politics, Republican, Sally Doty, Sean Tindell, Superintendents, Teachers, Tony Smith

The bill allows the state to depose school board members and order new elections in districts that are taken over twice within 10 years. It originally also allowed the state to merge a twice-failed district into a neighboring district without the consent of the neighboring district. But Sen. Hob Bryan, R-Amory, successfully amended the bill […]