MSU Retiree’s Readying For Action Over PERS Legislation

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 12th, 2017 at 6:06 am

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Hob Bryan, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State University, MS State Government, News, PERS, PERS, Retirement, Spending

Possible changes to the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) will be the focus of an expert panel discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Association of Retired Faculty (ARF). The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. in the Hunter Henry Center on the Mississippi State University campus is free and open to the public. ARF […]

PLUNKETT: How The Media Infatuation With Insulting Trump Erodes Standards For Everyone

By Keith Plunkett | January 9th, 2017 at 6:25 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, Culture, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, History, Influencing Institutions, Inspirational, Keith Plunkett, Leadership, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Politics, Public Service, Retirement, Virtue

Media bias or ineptitude? When it comes to how they report on President-Elect Donald Trump, one has to believe the media isn’t exactly looking for the positive angles to cover. One such case is evident in the way CNN reported on the decision to bring in a new announcer for the inaugural parade. If this […]

State Retirement System Needs Good Year Of Returns To Catch Up To Funding Goals

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 19th, 2016 at 1:48 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: Banking and Finance, MS State Government, News, PERS, PERS, Retirement

It’s the first major test of a plan to stabilize PERS enacted in 2011. After years of changes, the plan locked in employers to paying 15.75 percent of payroll for pension contributions. PERS is supposed to use the vast majority of those contributions money to chip away at its unfunded liability — the difference between […]

PLUNKETT: Adams County Supervisors Have an Outstanding Opportunity to Show That True Leaders “Eat Last”

By Keith Plunkett | September 4th, 2016 at 1:26 pm

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: Adams County, Contributor, County Government, Culture, Ethics, Keith Plunkett, Mississippi Municipalities, MS State Government, News, Opinion, PERS, PERS, Retirement

Adams County has surpassed $300 million in total assets thanks to its assessed value of oil and gas in production, meaning each of the five supervisors are now eligible for a $4,300 annual raise, which would increase their pay from $40,400 to $44,700 per year. Adams County Board Attorney Scott Slover told The Natchez Democrat earlier […]

WILSON: Mississippi’s pension system one of nation’s worst

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 14th, 2014 at 7:31 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: Contributor, MS State Government, PERS, Retirement

BY: Steve Wilson | Watchdog.org A new report by nonprofit State Budget Solutions says Mississippi’s Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi is carrying $56 billion in unfunded liabilities, worst in the nation — now at 53 percent of the gross state product in 2013. It covers only 27 percent of the state’s liabilities, which is […]

Rep. Rita Martinson won't seek re-election in 2015, Joel Bomgar expected to make a run for seat.

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 16th, 2014 at 12:16 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: Legislature, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, Republican, Retirement

(Rep. Rita) Martinson on Wednesday confirmed rumors circulating for months that she won’t seek re-election after her present term ends in 2015. As the rumors have flown, tech executive Joel Bomgar has said he would consider running if Martinson does not. Martinson entered the Legislature when Kirk Fordice was governor and there were few solid […]

Crawford: PERS riskier investment strategy an “all-in” gamble.

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 9th, 2013 at 2:25 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: Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, Opinion, PERS, Politics, Retirement

Given PERS’ challenges, it’s not too surprising that the Legislature and governor authorized new investment opportunities. What is surprising is their willingness to eliminate risk safeguards from the statute. With the exception of short-term corporate obligations, the only investment risk safeguard remaining in the statute is language telling PERS to act as “a prudent investor.” […]

Crawford: Rep. Holland’s position on PERS “borders on foolish.”

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 11th, 2013 at 11:48 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: Democrats, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, Opinion, PERS, Politics, Retirement

Holland’s piece on PERS dealt with the proposal of the PERS Study Commission and Sen. Nancy Collins to add independent members with financial know-how to the PERS Board. As it stands, PERS Board members are people who get, or will get, money from PERS, an apparent conflict of interest. Holland says this is as it […]

State Retirement receives most of increased spending in FY ’14 budget proposals.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 21st, 2013 at 6:33 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: Budget, Education, Entitlements, Legislature, Medicaid, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, PERS, Politics, Republican, Retirement, Revenue, Spending, Tate Reeves

Mississippi lawmakers are pushing forward with early proposals for the budget year that begins July 1, and many agencies are likely to receive less money than they’re requesting. The $5.5 billion spending plan will be about 1 percent bigger than it is now, with most of the increase going toward state employees’ retirement. Education could […]

Plunkett: Serious discussion of state retirement must begin with Legislative Retirement Plan.

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 29th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

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Filed Under: Chris McDaniel, Contributor, Entitlements, Ethics, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Nancy Collins, Opinion, PERS, Politics, Public Service, Retirement, SLRP, Spending, Superintendents, Teachers

BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett According to our Mississippi PEP 2013 Conservative State of the State survey of over 200 conservative Mississippians, there is great concern for how state officials will face down the growing problem of funding state retirement. The Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) Board again raised the contribution levels on taxpayers last […]