Mississippi River Flooding

Mississippi faces drainage concerns on a large scale with the Mississippi River flooding. egardless of the scale, great havoc can be caused if drainage isn’t properly managed.

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Public Policies: What’s in Store for Our Young People?

How does the future look for young people? In “The Kids Aren’t All Right,” columnist Veronique de Rugy sketches a somewhat gloomy outlook for youngsters and casts the blame on government policies that may initially look good on the outside. How does the future look for young people? In “The Kids Aren’t All Right,” columnist…

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Don’t Underestimate the Outsider

You can’t always trust the experts—sometimes it’s the outsiders who hit the nail on the head. In an essay for the Wall Street Journal, Gregory Zuckerman shows how this happened with the natural gas fracking boom as well as the 2007-08 housing crisis. He notes how people like Alan Greenspan and Warren Buffett had believed…

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Ideas for Economic Growth

Shifting the wealth from one person to another is not necessarily going to add to the total GDP, but making new discoveries and innovations has great potential to grow the economy as a whole and provide new economic opportunities for many. Steve Forbes’s review of George Gilder’s new book, Knowledge and Power, offers some interesting…

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Mississippi’s Return on Cronyism

Virginia Governor elect Terry McAuliffe has lots of political buddies to work with, according to a recent opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, and several of those associates have connections to Mississippi. Virginia Governor elect Terry McAuliffe has lots of political buddies to work with, according to a recent opinion piece in the Wall…

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Kemper Overtime, Overruns

Last week, Mississippi Power announced a delay and an updated $5 billion price tag for the Kemper County gasification plant in its report to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Kemper County coal plant isn’t getting any cheaper according to a piece by Sun Herald reporter Mary Perez. Last week, Mississippi Power announced a delay…

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Kemper "On the Record"

On October 20th, Bigger Pie Forum board member Ashby Foote, III, and retired consultant Charles Grayson joined John Johnson of WTOK for an extended discussion of the issues surrounding the Kemper County power plant. On October 20th, Bigger Pie Forum board member Ashby Foote, III, and retired consultant Charles Grayson joined John Johnson of WTOK…

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Cronyism: Risky Business for Mississippi

Taxpayers, watch out. Cronyism is risky business. An article from the Wall Street Journal bemoans the workings of cronyism in the green energy field. It notes that several companies authorized for $9.5 million in Department of Energy grants just before the federal government shutdown had the same investor in common: Khosla Ventures, run by Vinod…

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Beware Unintended Consequences

What’s the problem with subsidies and tax penalties? For one thing, they are incentives, and individuals naturally respond to incentives. Unfortunately, policymakers do not seem to grasp the unintended (or at least, hidden) incentives built into their laws—incentives that could prove counteractive to their very goals. What’s the problem with subsidies and tax penalties? For…

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