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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 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.

SEC investigating Southern Company over Kemper Project

By   /  May 5, 2016  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission conducting an investigation into the Southern Company’s controversial Kemper Project power plant.

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Fitch, Reeves continue battle over bond bill, state’s fiscal health

By   /  May 4, 2016  /  Economy, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Mississippi’s treasurer said the state will need money to cover debt obligations after passage of bond bill, but the lieutenant governor disagrees.

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Retail project tax incentive could harm existing retailers

By   /  May 3, 2016  /  Economy, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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“Retail doesn’t grow economies,” Tarczynska said. “What you’re doing when you bring in retailers, you’re bringing in temporary construction jobs and then you’re getting low-paying jobs at the retail stores.”

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Extensions keep ‘cultural retail attraction’ program alive

By   /  April 28, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, Mississippi, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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All 3 unbuilt projects authorized to receive sales tax incentives under the defunct “cultural retail attraction” program have received four-year extensions.

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Kemper Project faces $60 million cost increase and another delay

By   /  April 27, 2016  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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Mississippi Power reported a $51 million cost increase with the Kemper Project clean coal power plant in March according to an SEC filing released Wednesday

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Mississippi Legislature hits on tax cuts, whiffs on election reform

By   /  April 25, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The Mississippi Legislature passed a tax cut and some educational reforms, but missed on campaign finance and election reform.

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