Mississippi State Government & Agencies

BPF strives to inform citizens and elected officials on its views regarding public policies that benefit or cause hard to Mississippi's economic condition. Bigger Pie believes sound public policy grounded in fiscal responsibility is a cornerstone to successful communities.

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Cutting Occupational Licensing Red Tape

Cutting Occupational Licensing Red Tape

by BPF Published July 8, 2020 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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Legislative Session 2018


Port of Gulfport

TopShip: A Top-Down Economic Development Deal Is Dead

The state was to provide TopShip with $36 million from bond money and specifically targeted tax breaks, a division of Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO). In December, ECO couldn’t meet its investment or job creation goals and asked the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) to amend its agreement. Thankfully, the MDA said no to any amendments with the memorandum of understanding that involved cutting the investment and the number of jobs created.

Phone Privacy

Invasion of Privacy by Law Enforcement – Cell Site Simulator Devices

The Mississippi Legislature missed a great opportunity to protect the privacy of its citizens in the Information Age from the misuse of cell site simulator devices. House Bill 85 would’ve required a warrant for cell site simulator devices that can represent an invasion of privacy by law enforcement. It never made it out of committee for the third consecutive year.

PERS AG Opinion

PERS Regulation Change on AG’s Opinion

Imagine being able to vote yourself better retirement benefits while you’re a beneficiary of a retirement plan. That’s the scenario in Mississippi if the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi follows an opinion from the office of Attorney General Jim Hood and changes its present regulation. This would allow legislators and other statewide officials who are also PERS retirees to keep collecting their benefits while in office.

Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Justice Reform Bills

Mississippi has been a national leader since 2014 in the field of criminal justice reform and passage of these two bills will give recently-released convicts a chance at a new life with the goal of reducing recidivism rates.

Food Freedom

Food Industry Regulatory Reform – Cottage Food Operators and Agricultural Products

One of the problems with Mississippi is our government selectively and sometimes severely regulates some businesses, while using tax dollars to incentivize others. It’s the worst of both worlds.

When Politicians Direct Capital

When Politicians Direct Capital

What do small ratepayers in Mississippi and the New Orleans Saints have in common?  Bad officiating. Bad things often happen when politicians direct capital. This is about the PSC.  It’s not doing its job.  And about the Mississippi Legislature which makes the rules (laws) about how the PSC works – or doesn’t work.