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.

MS Flag Vote

What Does the Flag Vote Mean?

by BPF Published September 10, 2020 The Mississippi Constitution has no provision for allowing voters to decide any public policy matter except amendments to the state Constitution. Yet, twice the legislature has asked voters for their opinion by use of an election ballot.  Both times, in 2001 and now in 2020, the question has been on the design of the state flag.
MDE Procurement Laws Need Rigorous Reform

State Procurement Laws Need Rigorous Reform

by BPF Published September 10, 2020 Back in 2017, the MS Office of the State Auditor criticized some of the Mississippi Department of Education’s procurement practices that could lead to corruption.  So did the Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review with another report.
Mississippi State University

Mississippi Legislature Borrowing for Public University Projects

by BPF Published September 3, 2020 This year, Mississippi is scheduled to borrow $86 million for brick and mortar projects at the state’s eight public universities in the midst of a game-changing pandemic.
Electors and President Election

Electors and the Presidential Term

by Charles Grayson Published August 27, 2020 As prescribed in Amendments XII & XX to the U.S. Constitution, Donald Trump’s current term ends at noon on January 20, 2021 whether he wins or loses the 2020 vote of the Electors or whether the outcome is unclear. 
Dr. Fauci's Faulty Theories

Dr. Fauci's Faulty Theories

by Kelley Williams Published August 18, 2020 “In theory, there’s no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.” Yogi Berra was right. Presidential adviser Dr. Fauci is wrong.
V-J Day 1945
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BPF Podcasts

Tribute Podcast in honor of the 75th Anniversary of V-J Day

Bigger Pie Forum

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

Kemper County Lignite Plant
Project

The Kemper Plant

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

Bigger Pie Forum

Recent Commentary

Office of the State Auditor Plans to Audit of CARES Funding

The state auditor’s office has released its plan on how it plans to audit the $1.25 billion in federal funds sent to Mississippi. The department has already created a new website to allow citizens to track the spending of each dollar.

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BPF Book Review | “The War on Cops”

If there is a more insightful tract for today’s tangled and tortured times, I don’t know what it is. “The War on Cops – How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe” was published in 2016, but the message is more relevant today than ever.

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Broadband COVID-19 Grant Program Fund

Fifteen non-profit power associations, two rural water associations and two existing broadband providers will receive more than $66 million from a $75 million emergency broadband grant program using COVID-19 relief funds.

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Asphidity Bags vs Face Masks

My grandmothers were born in the late 1800’s. They might have worn asphidity bags filled with smelly herbs to ward off colds and other diseases. Many rural folk did then. Some accounts say asphidity bags were used to ward off the Spanish Flu. So were face masks. They may have saved some lives. Who knows? 

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The Process for Changing the State Flag

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.

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Making Sense of Experts’ Nonsense

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.

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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.