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 Investigative Reporters and Editors. He served four-plus years in the United States Coast Guard after his high school graduation and is a native of Mobile, Ala.

Agency: No disclosure of Amazon sales tax deal since they’re a ‘voluntary’ taxpayer

By   /  March 13, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Crony Capitalism, Economy, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The Mississippi Department of Revenue said it won’t surrender details of the Amazon sales tax deal since it considers the retail giant to be a taxpayer.

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Former official: Mississippi civil asset forfeiture system lacks transparency

By   /  March 10, 2017  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Criminal Justice, Judiciary, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

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A former Mississippi circuit clerk says that transparency is needed in the state’s civil asset forfeiture system.

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Brewery sales, civil asset forfeiture bills survive in Mississippi Legislature

By   /  March 9, 2017  /  Accountability, Criminal Justice, Economy, Food Stamp/SNAP, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Bills that would allow on-site sales for breweries and reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture system survived in the Mississippi Legislature.

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Mississippi taxpayers to give $45 million to Huntington Ingalls shipyard

By   /  March 7, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Crony Capitalism, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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A bill in the Mississippi Legislature would give $45 million to fund improvements at the Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula.

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Mississippi Senate passes civil asset forfeiture reform bill

By   /  March 3, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The Mississippi Senate passed a civil asset forfeiture reform bill Thursday that would add reporting requirements.

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Director: Mississippi pension system is ‘OK’ despite uncertain future

By   /  March 2, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Mississippi, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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The executive director of Mississippi’s pension system said the fund’s status is OK despite a few fiscal “whammies.”

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