BPF researches and shares educational information encouraging Mississippi’s Economic Freedom while discouraging Crony Capitalism to increase Mississippi’s Economic Growth. BPF focuses on Education, Energy, Environment, Health Care, Federal Government & Agencies, Mississippi State Government & Agencies and Regulatory Abuses & Reforms.

Craft Breweries

Mississippi Craft Breweries Will Have Greater Freedom — But Could Have Enjoyed More

by BPF Published July 6, 2020 Mississippi’s craft breweries will have greater freedom to sell their beer directly to consumers touring their breweries now that Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill into law.
Watch Out for Earmarks

Watch Out for Earmarks

by BPF Published June 30, 2020 Legislators and taxpayers should watch out for earmarks, misplaced priorities, and general mischief that is appearing in legislation to spend almost $1 billion in federal funds that are supposed to address the costs of dealing with COVID-19.
Mississippi Flag

The Process for Changing the State Flag

by BPF Published June 30, 2020 On Sunday, June 28, 2020, the Mississippi Legislature passed a historic bill to retire the current state flag and to establish a process for creating a new one. There has been some confusion about the process of changing the state flag of Mississippi. Here is what that bill calls for.
Expert Nonsense

Making Sense of Experts' Nonsense

by Kelley Williams Published June 26, 2020 It’s not uncommon for experts to disagree.  That’s why you get second opinions. Or should.  If you need reminding, look at the conflicting admonitions, confusing advice about, and disastrous consequences of the COVID-19 lockdowns experts advocated.  And at the cynical exploitation of their bad advice to advance political narratives.
Less Regulations and More Freedoms

Less Regulations and More Freedoms

by BPF Published June 23, 2020 The Occupational Licensing Review Commission could soon perform reviews of existing regulations now that a bill is headed to the governor’s desk for signature.
MS River Flooding
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Mississippi River Flooding

Time to change the flood control plan – before it’s too late.

Bigger Pie Forum

BPF Podcast with Jeff Good Episode 1
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BPF Podcasts

Restaurateur Jeff Good and Mangia Bene Restaurant Management Group

Bigger Pie Forum

Kemper County Lignite Plant
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The Kemper Plant

The Kemper clean lignite project is a cancer in Mississippi’s economy.

Bigger Pie Forum

Recent Commentary

State Agency Advertising Contracts

Imagine a talk radio network that reaches every county in Mississippi and hosts state policymakers as guests with a large proportion of its advertisements each hour coming in the form of taxpayer-funded public service announcements (PSAs). This is exactly what is occurring in Mississippi, as taxpayers have spent more $30 million on advertisements in the last six years, according to an analysis of contracts on the state’s transparency website.

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Bogus Numbers vs Bogus Narrative

The COVID-19 narrative is that we barely escaped national disaster thanks to government ordered lockdowns — which shouldn’t be lifted too soon. It says the lockdowns prevented about 2.1 million deaths vs 2.2 million predicted. But it’s obvious the numbers don’t match the narrative.

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The Great Travel Industry Takedown

The Coronavirus has clobbered the world economy but for the travel and hospitality industries, it has become an existential crisis.  The consequences are lingering far too long with no end in sight.  Two good examples to examine are the airlines and airports.  The data is really ugly but it is right there on the TSA website for all to see — the daily number of passengers screened by the Transportation Security Administration.

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Life After Mass Transit – Save Your Life and Drive a Car

The Coronavirus has disrupted just about everything, but few things as much as transportation networks in and around big metropolitan areas.  The global pandemic could be a back breaker for these mass transit systems and the authorities that run them.

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Death Counts and Mistrust

Lies today are intended to exaggerate the COVID-19 epidemic and create panic and political opportunities. Some politicians see this as an opportunity to “fundamentally transform America.” Loss of freedom is a near thing. 

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One-Time CARES Act Money for Recurring Expenses

For years, Republican leaders in Mississippi have decried, and rightly so, the use of “one-time money“ to pay recurring expenses in the state budget. Then-candidate Haley Barbour complained about Gov. Ronnie Musgrove and the Democrat-lead Legislature’s use of funds from lawsuit settlements or other single-instance receipts to pay for ongoing expenses of state government, rather than cut the budget to match recurring revenue.

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Mississippi River Flooding Charts

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Charts indicating the frequency for flooding in pre- and post-1973 at various points along the Mississippi River.