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Steve Wilson is a writer and a journalist whose work has appeared on Fox News, the Huffington Post and the Daily Signal. He serves as the Mississippi reporter 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 bachelor's 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. Steve can be reached at [email protected]

Mississippi Legislature gives Bryant authority to tap further into reserves

By   /  June 29, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Mississippi, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Graph by Steve Wilson

The Mississippi Legislature passed a bill giving Gov. Phil Bryant the ability to dip further into the state’s rain day fund by $60 million.

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Mississippi will further dip into its rainy day fund to fix budget woes

By   /  June 28, 2016  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Photo by Steve Wilson

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant called the Legislature into special session to apply a fix on the state’s budget, which has fallen short of revenue forecasts.

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New laws go into effect Friday in Mississippi

By   /  June 27, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Photo by the state of Mississippi

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed 376 bills and all of the new laws take effect Friday as fiscal 2017 begins.

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Mississippi’s pension crisis explained in four charts

By   /  June 24, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Funding level PERS graph

The reason why Mississippi’s pension crisis is one of the worst in the nation can be explained in four graphs.

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Nearly half of Mississippi legislators get top grade on pro-business votes

By   /  June 23, 2016  /  Economy, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by the state of Mississippi

Mississippi legislators were graded by the Business and Industry Political Education Committee on their votes on key business-related issues.

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Mississippi pension system loses money on investments

By   /  June 23, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Mississippi, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

The Mississippi pension system is losing money on its investments so far this year, which could have serious consequences for the fund’s solvency.

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