Will Budget Hearings Reveal Detached State Government Officials?

By Keith Plunkett | September 17th, 2017 at 9:58 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, Events, Feature Stories, Keith Plunkett, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Philip Gunn, Politics, Spending, Tate Reeves

Legislative Budget Hearing is a missed opportunity for public discussion about what state government ought NOT to be doing to begin with.

Nathan Wells To Be Paid $10K Per Month To Assist Speaker’s Office With Transition.

By MississippI PEP Staff | August 30th, 2017 at 6:13 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: Ethics, Legislature, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News, Philip Gunn, Politics, Public Service, Spending

Nathan Wells, chief of staff to House Speaker Philip Gunn, will leave his full-time post but continue working for the speaker’s office as a $10,000-a-month contract worker.

Bill Crawford Suggests Lawmakers Approval Of Sports Betting Was Intentional.

By MississippI PEP Staff | July 24th, 2017 at 7:03 am

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Filed Under: Commentary, Ethics, Gulf Coast, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Philip Gunn, Politics, Revenue, Sean Tindell, State Lottery, Tate Reeves

Legislators are saying they didn’t know the bill they passed this year to tax fantasy sports betting may open the door for Mississippi casinos to offer and control Las Vegas style sports betting. Governor Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn are saying that was not the intent of […]

GUAJARDO: Legislators Should Take Time To Get School Funding Formula Right

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 4th, 2017 at 4:59 am

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Filed Under: Commentary, Education, Legislature, MAEP, MDE, Mississippi, Opinion, Philip Gunn, Spending

Critics hammered the MAEP rewrite process early on because of the lack of transparency. It seemed like closed-door meetings and contracts initially withheld but later made public were the norm in the beginning. Then came a quickly called public hearing in Jackson and promises that site visits were being conducted in school districts across the […]

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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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.

PENDER: From Whom Is The Republican Leadership Trying To Keep Secrets?

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 9th, 2017 at 6:44 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Commentary, Education, Ethics, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Philip Gunn, Politics, Republican, Spending, Tate Reeves

Most rank-and-file lawmakers are given info on a need-to-know basis, and apparently they don’t need to know many things until it’s time to vote. This strikes me as odd, that secrecy and timing strat-e-gery have increased even as Republicans have increased their hold on the Legislature to a super-majority. The Democratic Party is barely a going concern in state government these days. From whom is the leadership trying to keep secrets?

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.

Mississippi Senate Rejects House Attempts To Earmark Internet Taxes For Road And Bridge Repair

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 28th, 2017 at 6:30 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Philip Gunn, Politics, Republican, Spending, Tate Reeves, Taxes, Transportation

Gov. Phil Bryant will have to call a special session for lawmakers to set a budget for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. The House on Monday tried to force the Senate to hold discussions about a long-term plan to fund repairs for highways and bridges. But, that effort failed in a rare public disagreement between […]

K-12, Community Colleges And Universities Will All Take Around 10-Percent In Cuts For FY 2018 Budget

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 26th, 2017 at 3:49 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Community Colleges, Education, Institutes of Higher Learning, Legislature, MAEP, MDE, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Philip Gunn, Spending, Tate Reeves, Taxes, Teachers

Estimates show tax cuts will subtract $350 million from state revenue next year. While Democrats and even a few Republicans have called for suspending some tax cuts, both (Lt. Gov. Tate) Reeves and (Speaker Philip) Gunn said they want to continue to implement tax cuts. “I think we have campaigned on controlling spending, staying within […]

Mississippi House Sends Campaign Finance Reform Bill To State Senate 

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 11th, 2017 at 3:54 pm

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Filed Under: Election Reform, Ethics, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News, Philip Gunn

The House, which killed a similar measure last year, passed a campaign finance reform bill on a bipartisan vote of 102-13 on Wednesday. The bill now goes to the Senate, which passed a campaign finance bill last year and Lt. Gov. Reeves has said he expects senators will pass the House bill. House Speaker Philip […]