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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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State and Municipal Budgets Face Huge Shortfalls

State and Municipal Budgets Face Huge Shortfalls

by Ashby Foote Published May 11, 2020 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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Legalizing Sports Betting

Legalizing Sports Betting

Mississippi could be a national trendsetter thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows states to legalize sports betting.

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Mississippi's Economic Performance

Mississippi’s Economic Performance

The recently released Rich States/Poor States report by the American Legislative Exchange Conference ranks Mississippi as the sixth worst state in economic performance, but the state is in the middle of the pack at 24th for economic outlook.

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BPF Book Review – The Complacent Class

The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream, offers a provocative and scary thesis – there is a troubling trend in America towards more stasis and less risk-taking that threatens America’s potential for long-term economic growth along with the prosperity of its middle class.

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Our Time Has Come

A BPF Book Review: Our Time Has Come

Guess what the world’s most populous country will be in four years? What will the world’s third largest economy be in 11 years? Third largest military in the world today? The answer to all these is India.

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A BPF Book Review: Masters of Craft

A BPF Book Review: Masters of Craft

In Masters of Craft, Ocejo focuses on four of the myriad new “artisanal professions” – bartending, distilling, barbering and butchering. His in depth look at these four crafts provides a narrow but fascinating perspective on how the millennial generations, many of which are just entering the workforce, are grappling with a post-industrial economy that has seen many traditional career paths disrupted or eliminated entirely.

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A BPF View: Craft Breweries

A Bigger Pie View: Craft Breweries

Thanks to an upcoming change in Mississippi law, craft brewers in the Magnolia State will be able to tap deeper into a growing national market.

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