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

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, 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 […]

Gov. Bryant Makes Sixth Emergency Spending Cut In Under Two Years.

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 24th, 2017 at 7:37 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: Budget, Economy, Governor, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant, Revenue, Spending

For the sixth time in less than two years, Gov. Phil Bryant on Friday was forced to make emergency state budget cuts as revenue continues to fall short of a much-revised, austere state spending plan for the current budget year. Bryant ordered $20 million slashed from the current year’s spending and will be dipping further […]

WILSON: Mississippi Bridge List Filled With Discrepancies

By Steve Wilson | March 24th, 2017 at 1:39 pm

BY: Steve Wilson / Watchdog.org

A reporter with Watchdog.org, a member of the Mississippi Press Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Steve served four-plus years in the United States Coast Guard after his high school graduation and is a native of Mobile, Ala.

Filed Under: Business, Contributor, Economic Development, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, MS State Government, Spending, Transportation

A December 2015 study commissioned by the Mississippi Economic Council and conducted by researchers from Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi said the state needs to spend $375 million more annually, with $300 million for state bridges and highways and $75 million for local needs.

According to numbers Mississippi Watchdog obtained from the Legislature, the total price to repair or replace all of the closed or posted bridges on the list would be $59.6 million. The average lifespan of a bridge in the U.S. is 70 years. Most bridges on the list would cost $250,000 or less to replace.

AG Jim Hood Delivers $34 Million To State Treasury, Wants Lawmakers To Appropriate To Dept. Of Mental Health

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 24th, 2017 at 8:53 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, health, Jim Hood, Legislature, Mississippi, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, News, Revenue, Spending

In the last year, Attorney General Hood has delivered two checks totaling $100,158,623.58 in addition to this $34.4 million dollar check today. His office delivered a check in the amount of $66,207,318.37 on Feb. 17, 2016, and a second check for $33,951,305.21 on Oct. 7, 2016.

Will Legislation To Restrict Personal Use Of Campaign Funds Be Evenly Applied And Enforced?

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 23rd, 2017 at 6:30 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: Election Reform, Elections, Ethics, Mississippi, MS Secretary of State, MS State Government, News, Politics, Sally Doty

The Ethics Commission would be assigned to enforce the act and could fine violators $1,000, plus an amount equal to misspent campaign money. The measure also shifts from the secretary of state to the Ethics Commission the power to fine or seek legal orders against candidates and committees that don’t file campaign finance reports.

Anti-Sanctuary City Bill Makes It To Governor’s Desk

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 22nd, 2017 at 2:32 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: Chris McDaniel, Democrats, Ethics, Federal Government, Governor, Immigration, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, News, Ole Miss, Oxford, Phil Bryant, Social Justice

Following attempts at Ole Miss in November of 2016 to declare the campus a sanctuary,  Mississippi took another step Tuesday toward banning sanctuary cities. Gov. Phil Bryant said he would sign a bill that would keep government agencies from sheltering people in the country illegally. Senate Bill 2710 says cities, state agencies and public colleges […]

BROWN: Everyone Should Agree On These Common Sense Welfare Program Reforms.

By Chris Brown | March 22nd, 2017 at 3:41 am

BY: Chris Brown / State Representative, District 20

Chris Brown is a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives from Nettleton serving District 20. He is the author of House Bill 1090. Readers can contact him at crbrown@house.ms.gov

Filed Under: Contributor, Entitlements, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Legislature, Medicaid, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Republican, Spending

These are common ground proposals that ensure those who need assistance are able to receive it. The legislation prevents criminals from taking advantage of welfare recipients and taxpayers. It reduces the cost of the social safety net for state government. Best of all, it provides an incredible opportunity for folks who are able to move out of welfare dependency and poverty to a better life.

MCDANIEL: Trump’s Budget: Improvements Needed, But A Decent First Step.

By Chris McDaniel | March 21st, 2017 at 11:28 pm

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: Budget, Chris McDaniel, Contributor, Entitlements, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Republican, Spending, Tenth Amendment

Automatic increases in spending without congressional approval defies the spirit of the Constitution and the principles of a free republic. Not one dollar should ever be spent without the explicit approval of Congress. But politicians allow the abuse for political reasons – so they won’t have to casts votes on these massive increases. It is just another way politicians escape responsibility for our current fiscal mess.

So Far, Applicants To Propose Nine Charter Schools For Approval By May 9 Deadline.

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 19th, 2017 at 6:10 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: Charter Schools, Common Core, Education, Ethics, MDE, News, School Choice, Superintendents

All groups must submit full applications by May 9 containing educational, financial and operational plans. Some are likely to drop out along the way or be cut later for incomplete plans. The board is scheduled to vote on proposals Sept. 11, after reviewing applications.

Empower Mississippi: Important Rulings On Charter School Lawsuit Only Weeks Way

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 17th, 2017 at 6:35 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: Charter Schools, Education, Empower Mississippi, Ethics, Grant Callen, Mike Hurst, Mississippi, Mississippi Supreme Court, MS State Government, School Choice

A lawsuit to force parents to remove their children from charter schools has been proceeding quietly for several months, but important rulings are expected to be handed down in the next few weeks.