Hampton: Every Issue MS Legislature Dealt With In Special Session Existed In “Regular” Session

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 12th, 2017 at 8:39 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, Culture, Governor, Gulf Coast, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Republican

I would have thought a political party with super majorities in the House and Senate and control of all statewide office with the exception of the Attorney General’s Office could hide their shenanigans in plain sight. Turns out, it was disagreement in the Republican Party that led to the special session.

Governor Signs Campaign Finance Legislation Into Law

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 11th, 2017 at 7:11 pm

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Filed Under: Campaign Finance, Elections, Ethics, Governor, Legislature, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant

The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, prohibits personal use of campaign money, and defines personal use as any “other than expenditures relating to gaining, holding or performing functions of public office.” It specifically prohibits personal spending of campaign money including: mortgage, rent or utility payments for any residential property of a candidate or family member, clothing, automobiles, travel expenses not related to a campaign or holding office, admission to entertainment events and non-documented loans.

Gov. Bryant Signs Bill Funding Trooper School

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 11th, 2017 at 5:07 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Governor, Law Enforcement, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant, Public Safety, Spending

MHP is currently allowed to have about 650 troopers on the roadway, but they only about 475. There are also about 150 troopers due for retirement.

HARRISON: Will State Lottery Be On Agenda For 2017 Special Session?

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 11th, 2017 at 3:01 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, Commentary, Gambling, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, Phil Bryant, Philip Gunn, Politics, Republican, Revenue, Spending, State Lottery, Transportation

Governor Phil Bryant had previously opposed the lottery. But late last year, Bryant’s position on the lottery shifted. He cited the number of Mississippians purchasing lottery tickets in neighboring states, taking money out of the state, as the reason for his support for the lottery.

Mental Healthcare, Education, Arts Pinched By State Cuts

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 9th, 2017 at 6:52 am

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Filed Under: Budget, East Mississippi, Education, Governor, Lauderdale County, Meridian, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant, Revenue, Spending

The proposed $5.8 billion general fund plan – a plan that is $134 million less than the current fiscal year budget – and the reduction will affect state agencies and departments. Though disappointed to not see more funding, the heads of several local agencies and departments say cuts for the next fiscal year will require a few adjustments, but most say nothing drastic.

MAHARREY: Mississippi Law to Ban Sanctuary Cities Actually Doesn’t

By Michael Maharrey | April 6th, 2017 at 1:29 am

BY: Michael Maharrey / Communications Director -- Tenth Amendment Center

Michael Maharrey is the Communications Director for the Tenth Amendment Center. He proudly resides in the original home of the Principles of '98 - Kentucky. He is the author of the book, 'Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty'.

Filed Under: Contributor, Ethics, Federal Government, Governor, Immigration, Law Enforcement, Leadership, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Public Safety, Sean Tindell, Tenth Amendment

As signed by Gov. Bryant, the new law would not bar implementation of local provisions prohibiting inquiries about a person’s immigration status. It also doesn’t prohibit local authorities from releasing undocumented immigrants from custody once they’ve posted bond, or served their time, even if ICE requests an immigration detainer. In short, SB2710 does not prohibit the most common sanctuary city policies and in no way outlaws sanctuary cities.

PLUNKETT: A Deeper Dive Into The Possible Unintended Consequences Of Mississippi’s New Occupational Licensing Reform Law

By Keith Plunkett | April 2nd, 2017 at 11:01 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, Economy, Feature Stories, Governor, Job Growth, Keith Plunkett, Leadership, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics

As we see with the state government’s years of knotted up regs clogging the bowels of industry and costing Mississippians jobs and innovative services, the unintended consequences of a “darn good government plan” can bloom eternally as toxic as a perennial red tide.

The ultimate goal should be to remove governments regulatory chokehold. That can only be accomplished by removing government from the equation entirely.

Speaker Gunn To Appoint Committee To Evaluate Lottery

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 30th, 2017 at 3:58 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Christianity, Faith, Gambling, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant, Philip Gunn, Religion, Revenue, Spending, State Lottery

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn says he will appoint a committee to study the pros and cons of creating a state lottery.

Gov. Bryant Makes Sixth Emergency Spending Cut In Under Two Years.

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 24th, 2017 at 7:37 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Economy, Governor, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant, Revenue, Spending

For the sixth time in less than two years, Gov. Phil Bryant on Friday was forced to make emergency state budget cuts as revenue continues to fall short of a much-revised, austere state spending plan for the current budget year. Bryant ordered $20 million slashed from the current year’s spending and will be dipping further […]

Anti-Sanctuary City Bill Makes It To Governor’s Desk

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 22nd, 2017 at 2:32 pm

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Filed Under: Chris McDaniel, Democrats, Ethics, Federal Government, Governor, Immigration, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, News, Ole Miss, Oxford, Phil Bryant, Social Justice

Following attempts at Ole Miss in November of 2016 to declare the campus a sanctuary,  Mississippi took another step Tuesday toward banning sanctuary cities. Gov. Phil Bryant said he would sign a bill that would keep government agencies from sheltering people in the country illegally. Senate Bill 2710 says cities, state agencies and public colleges […]