PILON: Make the Bouquet… Or Else!

By Roger Pilon | February 21st, 2017 at 9:08 am

BY: Roger Pilon / VP for Legal affairs / Cato Institute

Roger Pilon is the founding director of Cato’s Center for Constitutional Studies, which has become an important force in the national debate over constitutional interpretation and judicial philosophy. He is also the founding publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review and the inaugural holder of Cato’s B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies.

Filed Under: Business, Civil Rights, Commentary, Culture, Ethics, Gay Rights, Liberty, Opinion, Principles of Freedom, Property rights, Social Justice

Court’s haven’t yet compelled pastors to officiate at ceremonies that are inconsistent with their beliefs, but we have heard calls for eliminating the tax-exempt status of their institutions. Such is the wrath of the crowd that wants our every act to be circumscribed by law—their law, of course. And they’re prepared, as here, to force their association on unwilling parties even when there are plenty of other businesses anxious to serve them.


UC Issues Action Alert To Get Sen. McDaniel’s ‘Internet Protection And Tax Relief Act’ Out Of Committee Before February 22.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 18th, 2017 at 1:00 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: Budget, Chris McDaniel, Economy, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Republican, Revenue, Spending, Taxes

McDaniel’s bill, SB3010, the “Internet Protection and Tax Relief Act,” would formally put an end to HB480 and any attempt to raise the Internet Sales Tax. It has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration. Urgent action is required to move the bill forward as it faces a February 22nd deadline in the Senate.


PLUNKETT: Dept. of Revenue Tax Rule: “Probably, Maybe, We Don’t Know . . . We Were Exploited!”

By Keith Plunkett | February 18th, 2017 at 10:10 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, Business, Contributor, Economic Development, Economy, Ethics, Feature Stories, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, MDA, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Revenue, Spending, Taxes

“Exactly Who Is Doing The Exploiting Here?” On February 15 the Dept. of Revenue conducted a public hearing on a proposed regulation to begin collecting sales taxes from purchases made on the internet in Mississippi from out-of-state businesses. Notice of the proposed rule change popped up back in mid-January when it became clear that a […]


MS Justice Institute Files Ethics Complaint Over Dept. of Revenue Refusal To Release Contract With Amazon

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 18th, 2017 at 6:30 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: Ethics, Liberty, Mike Hurst, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Taxes

The Mississippi Justice Institute has filed a complaint with the Mississippi Ethics Commission over the state Department of Revenue’s refusal to release a copy of an agreement with Amazon for the online retailer to collect sales tax on online purchases without a court order. MJI, the legal arm of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, […]


REED: What Does the World Need More Of?

By Lawrence Reed | February 17th, 2017 at 1:21 pm

BY: Lawrence Reed / President / Foundation for Economic Education

Lawrence W. Reed is President of the Foundation for Economic Education and the author of the book Real Heroes: Inspiring True Stories of Courage, Character and Conviction.

Filed Under: Commentary, Culture, Inspirational, Leadership, Opinion

About 30 years ago, I came across a few sentences labeled “The World Needs More.” They might have appeared in Readers’ Digest, I’m not sure, and the author was noted as “Anonymous.” I’ve tried many times in the decades since to find the author’s name, but to no avail. Whoever wrote those original three or […]


ASGHARI: Ole Miss’s Newest Tradition

By Ashkan Asghari | February 16th, 2017 at 10:13 am

BY: Ashkan Asghari / Mississippi PEP Contributor

Ashkan Asghari was born in Iran and grew up in Spain. He is a Freshman marketing major at Ole Miss and contributes to Mississippi PEP from Oxford, MS.

Filed Under: Contributor, Culture, Feature Stories, History, Inspirational, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Ole Miss, Opinion, Oxford, Principles of Freedom

The Ole Miss fanbase and specifically students are sending a message that attacks against Southern cultural heritage will no longer go without response. And we may see the presence of the Mississippi state flag as Ole Miss’s Newest Tradtion


Senate Passes Campaign Finance Bill

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 9th, 2017 at 7:06 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: County Government, Elections, Keith Plunkett, Law Enforcement, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Politics, Public Service, Stacey Pickering

Senators unanimously agree that there should be limits on Mississippi public officials spending campaign money on themselves. The legislature’s upper chamber passed Senate Bill 2689 Wednesday, sending it to the House for more debate. The House passed a similar bill last month, and Sen. Sally Doty, a Brookhaven Republican, says differences will likely be worked […]


Northside Sun: Reforming And Strengthening Procurement Laws Needed To Address Corruption.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 8th, 2017 at 5:33 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, County Government, Culture, Ethics, Immorality, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Public Service, Spending

These are not isolated examples but rather the tip of the iceberg, confirming a recent nationwide study showing Mississippi to be the most corrupt state in the nation.

Ultimately, the state Legislature is to blame for allowing Mississippi to have the worst public procurement laws in the nation.


No Transparency On Tax Increase: Dept. of Revenue Says Deal With Amazon To Collect Internet Sales Tax Will Be Kept Confidential

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 8th, 2017 at 2:48 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: Mississippi, Taxes

A deal between Mississippi and online retail giant Amazon to voluntarily collect an internet sales tax won’t be available for public view, the Mississippi Department of Revenue said Tuesday. The agency told Mississippi Watchdog that it wouldn’t release its agreement with Amazon due to confidentiality statutes. The DOR will hold a meeting on Feb. 15 […]


House Leaders And Grassroots Conservatives Have Tug-Of-War Over Internet Tax Bill, MS GOP Remains Silent

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 7th, 2017 at 1:36 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: Banking and Finance, Budget, Business, Economic Development, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News, Politics, Republican, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, Transportation

Legislation to collect sales taxes on internet purchases cleared the Mississippi House on Monday after a tug-of-war between House Republican leadership and grassroots conservative advocacy groups. The bill claims the need for the tax increase is to fund improvements to deficient roads and bridges. However, data to support the claims of deficient conditions has been […]