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.

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Is That All There Is to a Pandemic*?

by Kelley Williams Published June 3, 2021 COVID-19 has been labeled a pandemic.  It should probably be labeled pandemic* ( to note unnatural - manmade or Batwoman made).  It is reported to have caused or to have been involved in 3.5 million deaths to date.  That’s about 4/100 of 1% of the world’s 7.9 billion inhabitants today.  It wouldn’t register on the Richter scale of historic pandemics - if there were such a thing.  But it happened in the age of ubiquitous iPhones and Androids, talking heads, scripted narratives, and social media censorship. 
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How the Funds of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Can Be Used

by BPF Published May 26, 2021 The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 includes $350 billion in funding for States, Tribal governments, counties, cities, and small local governments.  How those funds can be used, at this point at least, is defined in a “guidance” document from the U.S. Treasury Department and detailed in a 158-page “Interim Final Rule.”  Because it’s an “interim final” instead of a “final” rule, any of the following could be changed in the future.
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The Initiative Process Is Dead – Now What?

by BPF Published May 19, 2021 Justices of the Mississippi Supreme Court are often accused of avoiding controversial rulings ruling on a procedural aspect of the case, never having to arrive at the merits of the matter. Such was not the case in their ruling on Initiative 65, the medical marijuana initiative.
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.
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BPF Podcasts

Episode 3: Mississippi's Hotspot of Ocean Springs — Entrepreneur Trio

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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

An Ill Wind

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.

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Not So Ready Kilowatt

Regulators from Arkansas and Louisiana are buzzing around Entergy’s Grand Gulf Nuclear Plant. The buzz from those state regulators is a challenge filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) which is Grand Gulf’s primary regulatory oversight.  Strangely, Mississippi’s regulators are not yet party to this latest investigation of Grand Gulf and its recent operations.  This begs the question — why not?

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Our Lying Eyes

Groucho Marx, when caught in a compromised condition, retorted: “Who you gonna believe —  me or your lying eyes?” Although Chico may have actually said it first, it’s attributed to Groucho. And that has become the popular narrative. So it’s become the truth. Kind of like “deaths with COVID-19” have become “deaths from COVID-19” as the coronavirus pandemic has grown. And “positive tests for COVID-19” have become “COVID-19 cases.” 

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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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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.