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.

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 […]

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?

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 […]

As Time Ticks Away In 2017 Session MDOT Works With Feds To Close Bridges.

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 6th, 2017 at 10:13 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Democrats, Ethics, Federal Government, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Politics, Revenue, Spending, Tate Reeves, Transportation

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves implied in a comment to media that the recent timing of MDOT and the Federal Highway Administration closure of more than 100 bridges is suspect. The chairman of the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee, Sen. Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, warned that the newly designated status of the more than 3,000 bridges could […]

Rep. Charles Busby Throws A Fit Over Senate Killing Legislation Authorizing Internet Tax

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 3rd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Business, Charles Busby, Economic Development, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Politics, Tate Reeves, Taxes

Rep. Charles Busby of Pascagoula tabled the Senate Memorial Bills the day after Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, killed a bill in the Senate that would have authorized an internet tax to pay for road repair.

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. […]

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 […]

Getting Started Late, PEER Committee Expected To Issue Only 4 Reports

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 2nd, 2016 at 6:50 am

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Filed Under: Charter Schools, Ethics, Legislature, MDOC, Medicaid, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, PERS, PERS, SLRP, Tate Reeves

The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, or PEER, is back up and running. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves missed the normal appointment time in April, finally getting around to naming his seven appointments in late October. The legislative watchdog group was established nearly 50 years ago. The committee issued it’s first report […]