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 […]

Still No Plan From Consultant Group Tasked With Rewrite Of School Funding Formula

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 6th, 2017 at 7:09 am

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Filed Under: Education, Legislature, MAEP, MDE, MS State Government, News, Philip Gunn, Spending, Tate Reeves

Presumably at some point before Jan. 16, legislation will be introduced providing the details of the proposed rewrite of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which is the mechanism used to provide the bulk of state funding to local school districts. The assumption has been that New Jersey-based EdBuild, which House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. […]

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, […]

CRAWFORD: Legislature’s Proposed Budget Gives Up On Rewarding Performance

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 18th, 2016 at 6:38 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Commentary, PERS, Phil Bryant, Philip Gunn, Tate Reeves, Uncategorized

BY: Bill Crawford The proposed budget is $195 million less than the twice-cut current budget and cuts nearly every agency. It would eliminate funding for almost 2,000 currently unfilled positions and remove civil-service protection to make it easier for agency heads to fire workers. (Speaker Philip) Gunn warned agencies “to pay strong attention to this […]