Saturday, February 16, 2019

Mississippi Center for Public Policy

Tebow would not have been able to play high school football...

Former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Tim Tebow was able to play football for his local public school in Florida while being homeschooled. Tebow, the...

Cigarette smuggling would leap if big tax hike proposal adopted

A proposal floated by a Mississippi coalition to increase the state’s cigarette excise tax by 221 percent — to $2.18 per pack — would...

Mississippi now spending over $10,000 per student

The state of Mississippi eclipsed spending $10,000 per student last year. According to the 2017-2018 Superintendent’s Annual Report, released Thursday, the state spent $10,034...

Progress on asset forfeiture, but significant problems remain

Mississippi law enforcement agencies need little justification to seize property or even cash from owners under state law. All law enforcement has to do...

Ole Miss and State spend over $2 million on diversity departments

Maintaining diversity departments at Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi are hitting taxpayers in the wallet. According to records obtained by the...

DPS hearing turns into discussion on DMV wait times

A Mississippi Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing on Department of Public Safety funding Wednesday morphed into a discussion of excessive wait times for driver’s license...

Efficiency through school district consolidation

School district consolidation in Mississippi can offer both efficiency and savings to taxpayers. It is also one of the trickiest, and most sensitive issues,...

The high cost of occupational licensure

It has often been said that government does not create jobs, it merely creates the environment that encourages, or in some cases, discourages, job...

Even in good year, retirement system underfunded

Mississippi’s defined benefit pension system has enjoyed consecutive years of above-average investment income, yet its financial position has only improved slightly. The Public Employees’...

Most legislators do poorly in ratings from conservative organization

According to a recent scorecard, the GOP-dominated Mississippi legislature isn’t as conservative as members would like their constituents to believe. The American Conservative Union...