Steve Wilson is a writer and a journalist. He serves as the Mississippi Bureau Chief for Watchdog.org. Beginning his career as a sports writer, he has worked for the Mobile Press-Register (Ala.), the LaGrange Daily News (Ga.), Highlands Today (Fla.), McComb Enterprise-Journal (Miss.), the Biloxi Sun Herald (Miss.) and the Vicksburg Post (Miss.) His bachelors degree is in journalism with a minor in political science from the University of Alabama. He served four-plus years in the United States Coast Guard after his high school graduation and is a native of Mobile, Ala.

Advocates claim Mississippi K-12 education is chronically underfunded

By   /  December 22, 2014  /  Education, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

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By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
The fight over funding for Mississippi K-12 education is heating up. There’s a ballot initiative and a lawsuit on deck, along with bumper stickers and pithy slogans.
On one side, advocates for higher spending on K-12 claim schools are chronically underfunded. What does that really mean?
Mississippi has a complex, brain-busting funding equation […]

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Corruption scandal engulfs Mississippi utility authority

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Government Waste, Local Government, Mississippi, Misuse of funds, Politics, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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A corruption scandal involving federal grants led a guilty plea and a federal indictment of 2 members of the Harrison County Utility Authority Tuesday.

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Cromnibus spending bill loaded with goodies for Mississippi

By   /  December 16, 2014  /  Congress, Government Waste, Mississippi, News, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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The Cromnibus spending bill, worth $1.1 trillion, brought plenty of goodies home to Mississippi.

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Issues could develop in Mississippi over police body cameras

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Mississippi, News, Politics, Technology  /  No Comments

ON CAMERA: The Rankin County Sheriff's Department already has cameras in each of its patrol cars.

Police body cameras present issues such as privacy concerns and data storage for Mississippi law enforcement officers.

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Mississippi spends more than $2.8 million on membership dues

By   /  December 12, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, Mississippi, Politics, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The state of Mississippi spent $2.8 million last year on membership dues for professional and intergovernmental organizations.

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Study says Mississippi corruption isn’t nation’s worst

By   /  December 11, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, Lobbying, Local Government, Mississippi, Misuse of funds, Politics, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Perception is reality, and when it comes to Mississippi corruption, the state’s not immune.

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