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 […]

Mississippi lawmakers propose spending cuts for coming year.

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 9th, 2016 at 10:27 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Legislature, News, Philip Gunn, Spending

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee met Thursday, and members adopted a recommendation for the state to spend almost $6.2 billion during fiscal 2018, which begins July 1. That is a reduction of $195.3 million from the current year. “I would advise agencies to pay strong attention to this budget recommendation and to begin working with […]

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 […]

PLUNKETT: Will “Arrogant” Legislative Leadership Avoid Difficult Policy Discussions in 2017?

By Keith Plunkett | November 26th, 2016 at 2:46 pm

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Keith Plunkett is a Policy Consultant, Editor, Writer, Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com. http://mississippipep.com/profilegrid_blogs/keith-plunkett/

Filed Under: Contributor, Culture, Federal Government, Keith Plunkett, Leadership, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi Municipalities, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, Opinion, Philip Gunn, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Republican, Tate Reeves

Columnist Bill Crawford is the latest Mississippi politico to write about recent attempts by the Mississippi House Management Committee to keep details of legislative contracts hidden behind a wall of confidentiality, and he pulls no punches. Crawford places the blame for the mishandling of the details of the contract squarely at the feet of Lt. […]

House and Senate Education Committees Meet With Firm Hired to Rework School Funding Formula

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 27th, 2016 at 8:14 pm

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

A joint meeting of the Mississippi House and Senate education committees was held with representatives from EdBuild at the state capitol Thursday. EdBuild is a non-profit organization based out of New Jersey that has been hired by the state legislature to make recommendations regarding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula. Rebecca Sibilia, CEO of Edbuild, […]