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.

Sobering thought: Mississippi Legislature considers powdered alcohol ban

By   /  January 30, 2015  /  Government Regulation, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections, Regulations  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

The Mississippi House is looking at banning powdered alcohol, a product that isn’t even on sale yet nationally.

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Special Needs Bill could boost educational opportunities

By   /  January 28, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Legislature, Mississippi, Politics  /  No Comments

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By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
A bill that would create education savings accounts seeded with Mississippi taxpayer money for parents of children with special needs could open the door for more specialized educational opportunities.
Senate Bill 2695┬ápassed its first big test Tuesday after the Mississippi Senate Education Committee passed the bill to the Senate for a […]

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HUD wants action on Port of Gulfport job numbers

By   /  January 26, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Government Waste, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The Port of Gulfport must meet its job creation numbers specified by a HUD grant or face unspecified consequences.

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Hattiesburg councilmen sue to force mayor to reappoint positions

By   /  January 23, 2015  /  Abuse of power, Local Government, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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Two Hattiesburg city councilmen filed a motion to modify a judge’s order to force Mayor Johnny DuPree to reappoint several city administrative positions.

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MS governor boasts successes but avoids talk of real reform

By   /  January 22, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics, Taxes  /  No Comments

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There were few concrete proposals in Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s State of the State speech.

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KiOR presents cautionary tale for ‘green’ government investments

By   /  January 21, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Government Waste, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

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Mississippi’s experience with biofuels company KiOR should serve as a cautionary tale for other states wanting to invest taxpayer funds.

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