Responsibility Is The Antidote To The Poverty Mindset

By Barry Brownstein | April 26th, 2018 at 6:24 pm

BY: Barry Brownstein / Professor of Economics - University of Baltimore

Barry Brownstein is professor emeritus of economics and leadership at the University of Baltimore. He is the author of The Inner-Work of Leadership.

Filed Under: Civil Rights, Contributor, Ethics, Justice, Liberty, Opinion, Politics, Progressivism, Property rights, Race, Social Justice, Unemployment, Virtue

What is essential is for the poor to experience a mindset shift towards taking more responsibility for their lives. Is it not time to approach the poverty problem believing that the poor are able to make this essential change?

Welfare Reform Is Happening Fast

By Kristina Rasmussen | April 25th, 2018 at 1:12 am

BY: Kristina Rasmussen / Contributor

Kristina Rasmussen is vice president of federal affairs at the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Filed Under: Contributor, Economy, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Medicaid, Opinion, Spending, Unemployment

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order on welfare reform, laying the groundwork for federal and state agencies to promote economic mobility and opportunity through work. Just two days later, the House Committee on Agriculture released a draft proposal of the 2018 Farm Bill, calling for an expansion of work requirements for able-bodied adults receiving food stamps and committing to initiatives that will reduce fraud and abuse across the food stamp program.

Internet Sales Tax Will Drive Up Compliance Costs, Disincentivize Growth And Reduce Jobs For MS Web Based Companies

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 9th, 2017 at 7:25 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: Business, Commentary, Economy, Ethics, Gulf Coast, Job Growth, Liberty, Long Beach, Mississippi, Opinion, Revenue, Taxes, Unemployment

The vast majority of web-based businesses are small to medium-sized purveyors of specialty goods, with national or global customer bases which cannot be economically served through the “bricks and mortar” business model. Other web-based businesses have attacked narrow segments of the large retailers’ offerings, competing more efficiently without the associated overhead. While tax-free has undoubtedly benefitted internet commerce, it is not the sole reason for the explosive growth of this segment. It is the opportunity to now cripple these nimble, internet-based competitors which has united the big box retailers and mega-internet participants. Governments of all size, enticed by the promise of more tax revenue, are now being recruited in this effort.

MCDANIEL: A Tale of Two Presidents

By Chris McDaniel | January 11th, 2017 at 7:03 am

BY: Chris McDaniel / Senator

Three-term Senator, Former U.S. federal law clerk, attorney, conservative commentator and MS counsel against Obamacare. Awarded the 2016 American Conservative Union's Award for Conservative Excellence.

Filed Under: Chris McDaniel, Contributor, Economy, Elections, Federal Government, Leadership, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Politics, Unemployment

“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times,” wrote Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities. “It was the age of wisdom; it was the age of foolishness, . . . it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it […]

PLUNKETT: The Rejection of Excellence and the Man of Mediocrity

By Keith Plunkett | October 21st, 2016 at 6:17 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Editor

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

Filed Under: Christianity, Contributor, Culture, Ethics, Faith, History, Influencing Institutions, Inspirational, Keith Plunkett, Leadership, Opinion, Principles of Freedom, Public Service, Religion, Unemployment, Virtue

“The most prevalent of all human ills are these two: a man’s discontent with the work he does and the necessity of having to kill time. Both these ills can be, in part, cured by education.”~Mortimer Adler Mortimer Adler was an American philosopher, educator, and author of more than fifty books. Dr. Adler was Chairman […]

Sen. Angela Hill Supports $6 Million Workforce Training Program Grant to State Colleges.

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 18th, 2016 at 12:05 pm

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: Angela Burks Hill, Business, Community Colleges, Economic Development, Job Growth, News, Pearl River Community College, Southwest Mississippi, Unemployment

The Picayune Item reports that Mississippi State Senator Angela Burks Hill spoke at Pearl River Community College Monday in support of the Mississippi Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training program. NEED TO KNOW: What is the MI-BEST Program? MI-BEST Overview: MS Community College Board The program, MI-BEST, was implemented at the college as a way […]

HEILPERN: Family-Focused Interventions Are Key to Social Change

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 23rd, 2016 at 12:17 pm

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: Commentary, Education, Entitlements, health, Immorality, Influencing Institutions, MDOC, Medicaid, Public Service, Religion, Unemployment, Virtue

BY: Kindra Heilpern/Institute of Family Studies So what is the cause of social decay? The data is so overwhelming, and the answer is so obvious, and yet we seem to have missed it: virtually every social problem can be traced back to family distress and dissolution. For example, marital distress is associated with increased rates […]

Governor Bryant says 50,000 Mississippians in labor force today were jobless in 2011.

By MississippI PEP Staff | August 21st, 2016 at 7:45 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: Business, Economic Development, Economy, Governor, News, Phil Bryant, Unemployment

Nearly 50,000 Mississippians are working today that did not have jobs in 2011, said Gov. Phil Bryant, who spoke Thursday to those who gathered at the groundbreaking of the new Cannon dealerships on North Frontage Road. “When I came into office unemployment was 9.5 percent, today it’s below 6 (percent),” Bryant said. “I love now […]

Mississippi adds 6000 jobs, but 4400 stop searching.

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 22nd, 2014 at 6:18 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: Job Growth, Mississippi, Unemployment

Mississippi’s employers added 6,000 jobs to their payrolls in September and the state’s unemployment rate fell again, although it remains the second-highest in the nation. The numbers, compiled by two separate surveys, continue to send mixed signals about the state of Mississippi’s economy. The payroll survey records subdued growth, while the household survey used to […]

State Economist: Mississippi economy growing but struggling.

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 4th, 2014 at 11:53 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: Economic Development, Job Growth, Legislature, MS State Government, Unemployment

Mississippi’s economy is gradually growing stronger, but the state still has 44,000 fewer jobs now than it did before the recession, state economist Darrin Webb told legislative budget writers Friday. Employment numbers in the state have been up in some months and down in others. “What you see is sort of sputtering growth in employment,” […]