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.

Mississippi State Government

Tax Dollars Down the Drain

Tax Dollars Down the Drain

Government’s purpose is to provide essential services to the citizens it serves, such as roads, police and fire protection. When government gambles with taxpayer funds outside of its purview, it isn’t policymakers and the officials of the companies who suffer for their failures. It’s always the taxpayer left paying the bill.

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Local and Private Bills – “Tourism” Taxes

Local and Private Bills - Tourism Taxes

Re-authorized tourism taxes need a mandate from the citizens paying the tax and the legislature shouldn’t be in the business of retroactively allowing cities and counties to collect expired taxes. Anything less is not in keeping with the values of an elected republic.

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BPF Legislative Halftime Report

BPF Legislative Halftime Report

The Mississippi Legislature is halfway through its 90-day session. Here are some bills that are still alive. These bills have passed the House (if they start with HB) or the Senate (if they start with SB). They now go to the other house for consideration.

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A BPF View – PERS Fiscal Time Bomb

A BPF View - PERS Fiscal Time Bomb

According to data from the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi, the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) given to retirees, often in a year-ending lump sum known as the “13th check,” is threatening to hollow out the pension fund’s finances. 

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Attorney General’s Financial Literacy Program

Shadrack White

Mississippi’s Attorney General is suing companies and reaching settlements that funnel money to his favorite pet projects – such as the Financial Literacy Program. The Clarion Ledger ran an opinion piece outlining how those settlements violated the state constitution and were bad policy.

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