Crony Capitalism

Bigger Pie Forum is opposed to Mississippi's crony capitalism environment among businesses thriving not as a result of risks they take, but rather as a return on money amassed through a nexus between a business class and the political class. BPF seeks to expose these practices providing transparency for Mississippi's citizens.

Featured Work

Bigger Pie Forum Projects

The Kemper County Clean Lignite Project

Mississippi River Flooding


Kohler Company's Mississippi Expansion

Kohler Company’s Mississippi Expansion — A New Set of Tax Exemptions

If the case of Kohler Company’s Mississippi expansion and its tangled relationship with taxpayers was fictional, it would require a willing suspension of disbelief.

Gulf Coast Rebate Program

Mississippi Tourism Rebate Program on the Gulf Coast

The Mississippi Tourism Rebate program is designed to help developers build attractions appealing to tourists by rebating some of the sales tax for 15 years to help cover approved costs like construction. The thought is the tourists will spend money nearby and help defray some of the lost revenue for both the state’s general fund...

Biloxi MGM Park

Feasibility Study – A Foregone Conclusion

When a city hires a consultant to perform a feasibility study for a stadium or a convention center, it’s obvious that the result is a foregone conclusion.  The game at hand is not football or baseball, but cronyism.

The Great Deformation Book Review

Book Review: Stockman’s “The Great Deformation” and Our Rigged Economy

Stockman provides exhaustive documentation for his argument, but the most persuasive evidence is the stock market itself: today the S&P 500 is twenty times more valuable than it was in 1980, while real wages have barely budged.


New Biofuel Refinery Velocys Coming to Mississippi – Another MDA Disaster?

When government officials use tax dollars to pick winners and losers, too often it’s the taxpayers left holding the bag, such as with KiOR.

Obama, Kemper Haley and Mabus

Obama, Kemper, Haley, and Mabus

Kelley Williams,  Chair Bigger Pie Forum,   July 9, 2016 President Obama’s model for “Clean Coal” has gone awry according to the New York Times.  That’s Mississippi Power’s Kemper County Lignite Plant.  We’ve been writing about this boondoggle for years.  The NYT weighed in this week with a two page spread. Bigger Pie provided some information…