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

Wuhan Institute of Virology

Bat Coming Home To Roost

by Kelley Williams Published May 15, 2021 The Bat Lady is a researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China.  Her name is Dr. Shi Zheng-li .  She goes on virus-hunting expeditions in bat caves and does “gain of function” genetic manipulations on coronaviruses to make them more infectious and more deadly to humans.  The COVID-19 pandemic may have begun in her lab — which was funded in part by U.S. taxpayers.
Legislative Review 2021

BPF Legislative Review 2021

by BPF Published April 27, 2021 The final deadline has now passed for Governor Reeves to sign or veto bills approved by the Legislature in the session that officially ended April 4.  Of the 2,623 bills that legislators introduced, only 13% made it to his desk.
MS Supreme Court Medical Marijuana

MS Supreme Court To Rule on Medical Marijuana Case

by BPF Published April 23, 2021 The battle for Initiative 65 reached its zenith on April 14 when the state Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case from the two parties involved.
Renewable Freeze

An Ill Wind

by Kelley Williams Published April 14, 2021 How reliable is Mississippi’s electricity? We had rolling blackouts during the freeze. But nothing like the Texas disaster. Were we smart or lucky? We were obviously lucky to have a shorter, less severe freeze than Texas. We won’t know how smart we are until we are really tested. But here’s how the electricity thing works in Mississippi.
Medical Marijuana

Could Mississippi's Medical Marijuana Program Go Up In Smoke?

by BPF Published April 8, 2021 The Fate of Initiative 65 — The Mississippi Supreme Court will hold oral arguments on April 13 to decide the fate of Initiative 65, which was passed by a 74 percent majority of Mississippians to put in place a medical marijuana program in the state.
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BPF Podcasts

Episode 1: Mississippi's Hotspot of Ocean Springs — The Roost Boutique Hotel

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Legislative Session

Analysis of the latest Mississippi legislative session

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MS River Flooding
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Mississippi River Flooding

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

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Energy Consumer Advocate

A voice for Mississippi customers must be represented

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Kemper County Lignite Plant
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The Kemper Plant

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

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Recent Commentary

BPF Book Review | “The New Map” by Daniel Yergin

Daniel Yergin is a premier authority on energy. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for his book, The Prize. Now, he’s back with a warning about the monumental, once-in-a-lifetime transitions confronting the energy and automotive sectors. These transitions will cost trillions and create plenty of winners and losers as they unfold, so pay attention.

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What’s the Matter in America’s Heartland?

The remaining 25 mainly central states (red) participated in neither population nor economic growth near the national average for the past 50 years.  The GDP and population of these states collectively declined as a percentage of total U.S. figures.

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Nocebos and Mass Hysteria

A nocebo effect is the opposite of a placebo effect. A placebo makes you get well because you think you will. A nocebo makes you get sick because you think you will. Both work if you believe authority figures (doctors and experts) who say they work. The mechanism is imaginary or psychological. But the effects are real and physiological.

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U.S. Regions Measured by Population and GDP

When measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP or economic activity), growth of GDP or population, the U.S. easily separates into five regional groups.

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Entergy’s Grand Gulf Is Causing Higher Electricity Bills for Its Customers

Entergy Mississippi customers are paying for power neither received nor even generated.

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PERS — Retirees vs. Workers?

The time for can-kicking is past when it comes to fixing Mississippi’s defined benefit pension system. The Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi could soon ask taxpayers to increase their contribution to the pensions of state and local employees for the second time in two years. 

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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.