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.

Mississippi tax subsidies help fund controversial Costco development

By   /  September 3, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Mississippi tax subsidies for developers are helping to finance a controversial Costco development in Ridgeland as a “cultural retail attraction.”

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Up, up and away: Kemper Project costs increase by $25 million

By   /  September 2, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Energy and Environment, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

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Kemper Project costs increased by $25 million in July according to a company filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The total cost of the power plant is up to $6.253 billion.

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Increased education spending doesn’t always equal better results

By   /  August 31, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Education, Mississippi, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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Increased education spending in Mississippi doesn’t always lead to better results according to an examination of data by a school-choice group.

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Blanton asks court to stop new Mississippi Power rate increase

By   /  August 26, 2015  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

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Thomas Blanton asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to stop a new Mississippi Power rate increase that’s the same amount as one rescinded by the court.

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Out-of-state money floods into fight over Mississippi education funding

By   /  August 24, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Mississippi, News, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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The fight over Mississippi education funding is being flooded the past two years with $2.5 million in out-of-state donations from left-leaning groups.

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Mississippians could face higher utility bills under Clean Power Plan

By   /  August 20, 2015  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

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Mississippi leaders have criticized EPA regulations governing power plant greenhouse gas emissions, the Clean Power Plan, that could raise utility bills.

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