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.

Mississippi Adequate Education Program is a brain-busting calculation

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Government Waste, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

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Figuring out the Mississippi Adequate Education Program calculation is guaranteed to give you one thing: a headache.

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Proposed rules require kitchens for Mississippi child-care centers

By   /  September 18, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Government Regulation, Mississippi, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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A new regulation being considered by the Mississippi Department of Health might require Mississippi child-care centers to have full-service kitchens.

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Mississippi license plates hit taxpayers in the wallet

By   /  September 16, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Economy, Government Regulation, Government Waste, Mississippi, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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New residents in the Magnolia State often get a taste of sticker shock when they have to pay for their license plates, and those costs are going up.

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Bloodletting could be in store for Mississippi drivers at DUI checkpoints

By   /  September 15, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Government Regulation, Mississippi, News, State Politics  /  No Comments

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A little blood could be drawn if a sobriety test is refused at DUI checkpoints run by the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol.

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State-funded KiOR embroiled in dispute with former board member

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Energy and Environment, Government Waste, Mississippi, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
A Texas-based biofuels company that owes Mississippi more than $69 million is involved in a bitter dispute with a former member of its board of directors
In documents brought to light by Biofuels Digest and provided to the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, former  KiOR board member Paul O’Connor assailed the company’s research and [...]

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Mississippi Public Service Commission turns up heat on power associations

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  Government Regulation, Mississippi, News, Public Utilities, Regulations, State Politics  /  No Comments

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By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
The Mississippi Public Service Commission has put power associations on notice. Quit hoarding excess money.
The three-member commission voted unanimously Tuesday to empower the legal staff and the separate Public Utilities Staff to look into the finances of the state’s power associations and issue a report, scheduled for October’s meeting.
Northern District Commissioner [...]

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