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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]

PSC commissioners answer questions from constituents on Kemper Project

By   /  September 21, 2016  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by Steve Wilson

The three Mississippi PSC commissioners held an “open mic” night in Meridian Tuesday to answer utility questions, mainly about the Kemper Project.

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Mississippi’s unfunded debt would cost each citizen $11,800

By   /  September 20, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

DEEP IN DEBT: According to the reform group Truth in Accounting, each Mississippi taxpayer owes $11,800 to cover the state's $8.4 billion in debt. Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

According to a new report by Truth in Accounting, each citizen would owe $11,800 apiece to pay off Mississippi’s debts, which amount to $8.4 billion.

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Biloxi VA hospital has spent more than $362,000 on art since 2008

By   /  September 19, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Federal Government, Mississippi, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

Photo by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The Biloxi VA hospital has spent $362,808 on artwork purchases since 2008 to equip newly constructed buildings devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

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Jackson parents flee failing school district for higher-rated ones nearby

By   /  September 15, 2016  /  Education, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

SHRINKING: While the Jackson Public Schools district has shrunk since 2005, the two largest suburban districts bordering JPS have increased their enrollment. Graph by Steve Wilson

According to an analysis of data, Jackson parents are ‘voting with their feet’ and leaving the city’s schools for higher-rated suburban school districts.

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Indiana ‘cease fire’ could provide a model for Mississippi regulators

By   /  September 14, 2016  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Energy and Environment, Indiana, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by Duke Energy

A deal reached between Duke Energy and several stakeholders over the Edwardsport clean coal power plant could provide a model for Mississippi.

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Economist: Continental Tire plant deal won’t break even until 2024

By   /  September 9, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Crony Capitalism, Economy, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Transportation  /  No Comments

Photo by the Mississippi Development Authority

A tire plant deal that will cost Mississippi taxpayers $263 million won’t break even until 2024, according to a 2015 analysis by the state’s economist.

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