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Steve Wilson is 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.) Steve's work has appeared on Fox News, the Huffington Post and the Daily Signal. His bachelor's degree is in journalism with a minor in political science from the University of Alabama. Steve is also a member of the Mississippi Press Association and the Investigative Reporters & Editors network. 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 swilson@watchdog.org.

Mississippi could challenge decision that prevents state internet sales taxes

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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A proposed Mississippi Department of Revenue rule that would create an internet sales tax could spark a court challenge to a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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Will Mississippi ban state agencies from hiring lobbyists?

By   /  February 15, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

If a bill passed by the Mississippi Senate becomes law, state agencies would be prohibited from hiring outside lobbyists.

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Reform bills live, but funding formula revamp dies in Mississippi Legislature

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice, Crony Capitalism, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, Regulations, State Government, Transportation  /  No Comments

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While some key reform bills are still alive in the Mississippi Legislature, a revamp of the K-12 education funding formula will likely have to wait until next year.

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Mississippi Legislature could reduce regulatory burden with new laws

By   /  February 9, 2017  /  Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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Two bills in the Mississippi Legislature could ease the regulatory burden on businesses by forcing agencies to review and eliminate outdated regulations.

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Why the Kemper Project clean coal power plant can’t get started

By   /  February 8, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Kemper Project clean coal power plant is beset with issues that have caused its operational date to be pushed back again and again.

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Agency won’t release voluntary internet sales tax deal with Amazon

By   /  February 7, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

A deal between Mississippi and online retail giant Amazon to voluntarily collect an internet sales tax won’t be available for public view, the Mississippi Department of Revenue said Tuesday.

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