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BPF consistently aims at encouraging Mississippi's State Government to perform their vital, core responsibilities. BPF is focused on ways to ensure the state government provides these responsibilities in an effective and cost efficient manner in our cities, where new economic ideas are born.

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Jackson a Microcosm of A National Trend of Increasing Crime in Cities

by BPF Published November 19, 2020 The explosion in the number of murders in Jackson is only one of the major problems facing the city, but it represents a high-profile reason for people to avoid living and working in the Capitol City.

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BPF Book Review “Gaming AI: Why AI Can’t Think But Can Transform Jobs”

Ask a tech titan what the next “Big Thing” is and odds are he or she will proclaim it is AI – short for Artificial Intelligence.

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City of Jackson Proposes Public Safety Spending Cut of $9 Million for 2021

The proposed budget for the city for 2021 would reduce public safety spending by $9 million as compared to fiscal 2020.  Doing so would be dangerous for Jacksonians.

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Crime in Jackson

Capital City Crime and Population Flight

Defunding the police will not help Jackson’s crime problem but ensure that it increases and forces even more residents who seek personal safety to leave the city.  Businesses will also leave to follow their customers.

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BPF Book Review The Innovation Delusion

BPF Book Review | “The Innovation Delusion”

As the book’s subtitle suggests, the economic hyper focus on innovation has been to the detriment of maintaining the trillions of dollars of investment across the country in buildings, equipment and infrastructure.

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State and Municipal Budgets Face Huge Shortfalls

State and Municipal Budgets Face Huge Shortfalls

The shuttering of the economy has done very real economic damage to the state’s economy and to state and municipal revenue streams. The longer it stays in place the harder it will be for governments at all levels to make ends meet and deliver the services citizens have grown to expect. Tax streams from sales, property and income are predictable in normal times but none of those models include nation-wide lockdowns.

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Long Beach

Could a California City’s Success Offer Lessons for Mississippi?

Much is unknown about the future of the U.S. economy, but any plan for recovery must start with an honest, yet visionary, assessment of the assets on which a local or state economy could be built.  This is the right approach under any circumstances, but recovering from an almost-total shutdown of the world economy offers both the challenge and the opportunity to do it right as we begin the long road to recovery from the COVID-19-related economic crisis.

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