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.

Chef David Raines of The Flora Butcher

Bigger Pie Forum Podcasts

Craft Economy and Farm-to-Table — The Flora Butcher's lowdown on Wagyu beef

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PSC Tilts the Scales Toward the Consumer

A Consumer Advocate

Changing Mississippi's Regulation of Utilities.

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Kemper County Lignite Plant

The Kemper Plant

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

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Recent Commentary

Urban Flash Flooding 2019

Flash flooding hit Belhaven's St. Ann and St. Mary streets yesterday (5/9/2019) as over 3 inches of rain hit the metro area in less than four hours. Bigger Pie has discussed the hazards of urban flooding in the past and remedies that DEQ needs to pursue.
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Report of Recommended Changes to Economic Assumptions for PERS

Every two years, the actuaries for Mississippi’s defined benefit pension system release a report that examines the economic and demographic outlooks that underpin the financial planning. The newest one was released last month and the actuaries make some interesting recommendations for the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).
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MDE Teacher Pay Raise Error — A Pattern of Behavior

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has 550 employees, the highest paid state superintendent of education nationally and a budget this upcoming year of $181 million for the department. So why, when asked by the Legislature, couldn't MDE provide the correct number of teachers across the state that would receive the intended raise?
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Cultural Retail Incentive Program Lingers

Despite the cultural retail incentive program dying in 2014, the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) gave the developers multiple deadline extensions on the start of construction expiring in 2022. When a program dies, so should the subsidies. Does it make sense for taxpayers to subsidize brick and mortar retail when this form of business is seeing profits squeezed by online sales?
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The Debate in Mississippi Over K-12 Education Spending

The debate in Mississippi over K-12 education spending has always been based on the idea that taxpayers aren’t spending enough and the state is falling behind the rest of the nation as a result. The debate on K-12 education spending not only needs to be about how much is spent, but also on where that money goes.
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Will the Taxpayer Bail Out MPACT’s Legacy Plan?

College students and recent graduates are not the only ones having trouble paying off tuition debt. It turns out, the Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (MPACT) program is in deep trouble with the tuition contracts they are obligated to meet.
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Mississippi River Flooding Charts


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