Aerial view of the Kemper Project power plant

The power to corrupt

Here’s a damaging fact and an alarming heads up. The 5,888 jobs lost in Mississippi Power’s service area following the 18% rate increase are just the beginning. Bigger rate increases are coming if customers pay for Kemper’s

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Nation’s oldest integrated coal gasification plant might point to more Kemper trouble

If the experience with the nation’s oldest integrated coal gasification power plant is any guide, Mississippi Power has a steep learning curve ahead as it tries to bring its troubled Kemper Project power plant into operation. By Steve Wilson  /   March 20, 2015 / www.mississippiwatchdog.org Photo Credit: The Southern Company If the experience with the […]

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Tax Dollars Down the Drain

Tax Dollars Down the Drain

Government’s purpose is to provide essential services to the citizens it serves, such as roads, police and fire protection. When government gambles with taxpayer funds outside of its purview, it isn’t policymakers and the officials of the companies who suffer for their failures. It’s always the taxpayer left paying the bill.

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The Flood Arms Race

The Flood Arms Race

The MS River – Winning At the height of the nuclear arms race, the US and the old USSR reached stalemate.  Mutually Assured Destruction.  Each side could destroy the other.  So, neither launched the first missile.   Both eventually reduced their arsenals.   No nuclear disasters so far.  (“Dr. Strangelove” was fiction.) There is an older arms […]

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A BPF View - Medicaid 101 Part 3

A BPF View – Medicaid 101: Part III

Opponents of Medicaid Managed Care in Mississippi have consistently used a narrative that says the two managed care companies currently providing services for the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM) are making a considerable profit and sending those dollars out of state. The phrase often heard is, “they are loading all those trucks up with money […]

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Flood Control Madness

Flood Control Madness

Have flood control projects actually made flooding worse?  Yes.  Floods are higher, longer, and more frequent than ever.  Despite the Corps’ Mississippi Rivers and Tributaries Project authorized in 1928.  Which the Corps says has prevented a trillion dollars of flood damage from levee failures that haven’t happened.

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