Legislative Session 2020

BPF follows, analyzes and comments on the latest Mississippi legislative session striving to inform Mississippians on its views regarding public policies that benefit or cause harm to our economic condition.

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Governor Tate Reeves

Gov. Reeves Scorecard Ranking Among Nation's Governors

by BPF Published November 6, 2020 Gov. Tate Reeves received a mediocre grade in an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) scorecard ranking the nation’s governors on economic policy performance and results during and before the COVID-19 pandemic despite being in office less than a year.

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Mississippi State University

Mississippi Legislature Borrowing for Public University Projects

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.

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Broadband COVID-19 Grant Program Fund

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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Cutting Occupational Licensing Red Tape

Cutting Occupational Licensing Red Tape

Bills that give high school students the ability to earn credit for apprenticeships and another that gives the state’s Occupational Licensing Review Commission (OLRC) backward-looking review power were signed into law by Gov. Tate Reeves. The governor also approved another bill that makes it easier for military members or their spouses to earn occupational licenses.

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Watch Out for Earmarks

Watch Out for Earmarks

Legislators and taxpayers should watch out for earmarks, misplaced priorities, and general mischief that is appearing in legislation to spend almost $1 billion in federal funds that are supposed to address the costs of dealing with COVID-19.

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Mississippi Flag

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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Less Regulations and More Freedoms

Less Regulations and More Freedoms

The Occupational Licensing Review Commission could soon perform reviews of existing regulations now that a bill is headed to the governor’s desk for signature.

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