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 increase by $26 million

By   /  March 4, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

Photo by The Southern Company

Kemper Project costs have jumped another $26 million according to a Mississippi Power filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Elvis Presley’s birthplace, Jackson Zoo could get more state money

By   /  March 4, 2015  /  Economy, Legislature, Lobbying, Mississippi, News, Politics, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Photo by Steve Wilson

Without state money, a couple of tourist attractions in Mississippi may be headed to the “Heartbreak Hotel.”

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Dueling tax-cut plans set up showdown in Mississippi Legislature

By   /  March 2, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Lobbying, Mississippi, News, Politics, Taxes  /  No Comments

Photo by Steve Wilson

Three Mississippi tax cut plans are competing for passage, with one of them phasing out the state’s income tax and the other the corporate franchise tax.

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Mississippi lawmakers may give terminally ill patients ‘right to try’ experimental drugs

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  Government Regulation, Legislature, Lobbying, Mississippi, News, Politics, Regulations  /  No Comments

Photo by the state of Mississippi

Terminally-ill patients in Mississippi might gain the “Right to Try” experimental medication if a bill in the Mississippi Senate is signed into law.

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No Kemper refunds for ratepayers in Mississippi power cooperative

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Technology  /  No Comments

STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION: The Kemper Project, a first-of-its-kind power plant that converts pulverized coal dust into natural gas-like syngas to fuel power-generating turbines, has ballooned from an original cost of $2.4 billion to nearly $5 billion. The plant is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of this year, according to the Southern Company. PHOTO BY: THE SOUTHERN COMPANY

The difference between getting a Kemper Project refund and finding cobwebs in your mailbox depends on who regulates your utility.

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Tax cut package could help boost Mississippi’s flagging business climate

By   /  February 20, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics, Taxes  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: Wikimedia Commons

A plan to eventually cut the onerous franchise tax won’t fix Mississippi’s economy, but the move could help brighten a dismal business climate.

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