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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]

Mississippi governor is far from state’s highest paid public official

By   /  August 19, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

Graph by Steve Wilson

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant makes $122,160, a salary that is dwarfed by 36 school district superintendents and other local officials.

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Jackson charter school funding explained in 5 pie charts

By   /  August 18, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

SMALL SLICE: Charter schools will take only 1.88 percent of Jackson Public Schools' more than $208 million budget in 2017. Graph by Steve Wilson

It only takes five graphs to show how charter school funding takes away only a small percentage of the Jackson Public Schools’ budget.

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Jackson Public Schools put on probation by state

By   /  August 17, 2016  /  Education, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by Steve Wilson

Jackson Public Schools was placed on probation Tuesday and will have 60 days to come up with a corrective action plan.

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Mississippi education officials make a $19 million mistake

By   /  August 12, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Federal Government, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

CENTRAL: The Mississippi Department of Education made a $19.1 million mistake with federal funds.

A $19 million mistake by Mississippi education officials could lead to cuts or the elimination of federally-funded after-school programs.

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Kemper Project delayed another month, adds $43 million in costs

By   /  August 9, 2016  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by the Southern Company

Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project clean coal power plant will be delayed until Oct. 31, with $43 million added to the final price tag.

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