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.

Kemper Project costs rise another $300 million, delayed until 2016

By   /  October 30, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Mississippi, News, Public Utilities, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: The Southern Company

The final cost on the oft-delayed Kemper Project has risen to $6.1 billion as the first-of-its-kind plant won’t open until 2016.

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Grammy museum in Mississippi gives U.S. taxpayers more blues

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Lobbying, Mississippi, National, News, Politics  /  No Comments

Photo by the Grammy Foundation

The Grammy Museum Mississippi received $1.2 million in federal and $6 million in state funds to build an $18 million museum in Cleveland, Miss.

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Mississippi’s ‘Tower of Pork’ costs taxpayers $352 million

By   /  October 28, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Government Waste, Mississippi, Politics, U.S. Senate, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Photo by Steve Wilson

One of these things is not like the other. Tower of Power is a horn-driven funk band from the 1970s. The “Tower of Pork” A-3 rocket engine test tower sits idle at the John C. Stennis Space Center on the Mississippi Coast.

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Bingo arrests by state’s regulatory body are a rare event in Mississippi

By   /  October 27, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Mississippi, News, Politics  /  No Comments

Photo by the State of Mississippi

Imagine a law enforcement agency with four arrests since 2003. For those keeping score at home, that’s one arrest every 3 1/2 years.

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Auditor’s report raises issues on MAEP formula

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Audits, Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Mississippi, News, Politics, State Elections, State House, State Lobbying, State Politics, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

The MAEP formula might be an even bigger fiscal drain on Mississippi, according to a brief by the state auditor.

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Mississippi lawmakers get mixed grades for school choice support

By   /  October 21, 2014  /  Mississippi, News, School Choice, School Choice  /  No Comments

Photo by Creative Commons

A scorecard released by Empower Mississippi gives each state legislator a letter grade on their votes on bills pertaining to school choice.

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