BIPEC Updates

04 Oct
2019

Jim Hood Spending Proposals

A recent Mississippi Today article raised the question of how Democrat Attorney General Jim Hood would pay for the numerous proposals he has been making in his bid to be Mississippi’s next Governor. It is an excellent question, so we here at the Business and Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC) thought it would be a good idea to try and find out exactly how much these proposals would cost and how it would affect taxpayers.

BIPEC seeks to serve its members by providing relevant information during elections, including analyses of proposals made by statewide and legislative candidates. These analyses are not intended to opine on the validity of a proposal but rather provide members with an overview of anticipated new state spending, which may require a reduction in government services, increased taxes, or growth in revenues to be revenue neutral.

Below you will find an analysis of Jim Hood’s major proposals, along with cost estimates. These estimates are based on information from the MS Department of Education, Department of Revenue, Legislative Budget Office, Community College Board, Division of Medicaid, and public statements by the Jim Hood campaign.

JIM HOOD PROPOSALS Additional Costs
Statewide pre-k $35,000,000
Increase funding for MS Adequate Education Program $261,000,000
Increasing teacher pay raise & recalibrating salary schedule $270,000,000
Expand Medicaid $220,000,000
Free community college $95,200,000
Hold harmless provision for grocery tax reduction (cities & educational entities) $60,500,000
TOTAL: $941,700,000

 

What Does this Mean?
Total general fund appropriations & re-appropriations for FY 2020 (from LBO) $5,746,185,920
Cost of Hood proposals $941,700,000
Increases total budget by 16.4%
Amount per taxpayer
(1,215,412 income taxpayers according to DOR)
$774.80
*These estimates are based on information from the following sources: Department of Education, Department of Revenue, Legislative Budget Office, Community College Board, Division of Medicaid, and public statements by the Jim Hood campaign.

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22 Feb
2019

Registration Open for BIPEC’s 39th Annual Meeting

2019 BIPEC Annual Luncheon

Join us March 7, 2019 at 11:30 am at Old Capitol Inn in Jackson for BIPEC’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon with MS Legislators and Statewide Officials.

Click here to register your company

Click here to register as an individual

 

All legislators and statewide officials are invited to attend the luncheon.

Invited special guests include:

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30 Aug
2018

BIPEC Recommends Judge Jeff Weill for Court of Appeals


BIPEC President & CEO, Derek Easley, announced today that the organization recommends Judge Jeff Weill for the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Judge Weill is running in the seat that Justice Joe Lee is vacating in January.

“It is extremely important to BIPEC members and their representative trade and professional associations that we support candidates willing to uphold the constitutional separation of powers which distinguishes the intent, charge and actions of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government,” said Easley. “Judge Weill will make an outstanding Court of Appeals Justice and will represent our state with dignity and integrity.”

Judge Weill has presided in more than 130 jury trials to verdict during his eight years as a Circuit Court Judge, and over 100 of those were criminal trials involving major felonies. Judge Weill also brings a wealth of civil litigation experience to the appellate bench, as a trial judge, a former litigator and a Harvard trained mediator.

Easley went on to say, “In order for Mississippi’s economy to grow and for jobs to be created, we must have an impartial, fair and rule-of-law judiciary. BIPEC believes that Judge Weill will adhere to these principles while serving on Mississippi’s second highest court.”

The Court of Appeals is a 10-judge panel of Judges which hears appeals from lower courts, including Chancery and Circuit Courts. The court is made up of two judges from each of the five judicial districts in the state. The 4th district includes 15 counties: Adams, Amite, Copiah, Covington, Franklin, Hinds, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Pike, Simpson, Walthall and Wilkinson.

The election will be held November 6, 2018.

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13 Jun
2018

BIPEC Releases 2018 LEGISLATOR “BUSINESS & JOBS” REPORT CARD

BIPEC (Business and Industry Political Education Committee) has released its Legislator “Business & Jobs” Report Card for the 2018 legislative session.  The BIPEC Report Card recognizes “Business & Jobs Champions” for their work supporting economic growth, job development, and business-related issues for the legislative session this year.

“BIPEC recognizes and appreciates the efforts of these Business & Jobs Champion Legislators,” said Derek Easley, BIPEC President & CEO. “For all of the members and supporters of BIPEC, the Legislator Report Card has long been a resource and a valued tool for the business community to see the measured performance of our legislators and their support for the growth of jobs and economic development in Mississippi.”

BIPEC is a 501c6 membership organization founded in 1980 by Mississippi’s business and professional leaders.  BIPEC is a nonprofit association comprised of individuals, trade associations and companies who unite to protect and advance free enterprise through research, education, and member action.  BIPEC’s purpose is to learn backgrounds, voting records and key positions of members and candidates for the Mississippi Legislature, Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.  BIPEC disseminates credible research findings to BIPEC members, educates BIPEC’s membership network on the impact that legislator and judge-made decisions have on Mississippi’s economic growth, business attractiveness and general prosperity of the State’s employers.  BIPEC publishes the Legislator Report Card annually.

At http://www.bipec.org/reportcards/2018/ you can view the interactive version of the report card. Click the heading links to switch between Representatives and Senators. The report card is sortable by grade, legislator name, party, and district. You can hover over the bill names to see a description of each bill. When you click on a legislator’s name, you will see a list of bills with links to the bill and to the individual votes recorded at the Mississippi Legislative Website. You can also search for legislators at the top of the page using any part of their name.

 2018 Business & Jobs Champions

Senators

Kevin Blackwell
Jenifer B. Branning
Nickey Browning
Terry C. Burton
Videt Carmichael
Joel R. Carter, Jr.
Chris Caughman
Lydia Graves Chassaniol
Eugene S. Clarke
Sally Doty
Joey Fillingane
Josh Harkins
Billy Hudson
W. Briggs Hopson, III
Dean Kirby
Chris Massey
J. Walter Michel
Philip Moran
David Parker
Rita Potts Parks
John A. Polk
Gray Tollison
Neil S. Whaley
Brice Wiggins
Charles Younger

 

Representatives

Shane Aguirre
William Tracy Arnold
Charles Jim Beckett
C. Scott Bounds
Randy P. Boyd
Charles Busby
Larry Byrd
Lester Carpenter
Gary Chism
John Glen Corley
Becky Currie
Scott DeLano
Bill Denny
Robert Foster
Philip Gunn
Jeff Hale
Greg Haney
Mac Huddleston
Bill Kinkade
Timmy Ladner
Vince Mangold
Roun McNeal
Nolan Mettetal
Sam C. Mims
Ken Morgan
Bill Pigott
Brent Powell
Rob Roberson
Ray Rogers
Randy Rushing
Donnie Scoggin
Jeffrey C. Smith
Brad Touchstone
Jerry R. Turner
Tom Weathersby
Jason White
Patricia H. Willis
Cory Wilson
Henry Zuber, III

 

Derek Easley

President & CEO, BIPEC

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05 Jun
2018

Candidates Qualified for House District 77 Special Election

Gov. Phil Bryant has set July 10, 2018, as the special election date for House District 77. The seat recently became vacant when Gov. Bryant appointed former Rep. Andy Gipson Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. If no candidate receives a majority of votes on July 10, a runoff will be held on July 31. District 77 encompasses parts of Rankin and Simpson counties. Below is information we have been able to compile on those running. BIPEC will be reaching out to each candidate in the coming days to learn more about their backgrounds and campaigns.

 

Price Wallace (Mendenhall)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pricewallacemsdistrict77/

  • General manager of River Birch Farms
  • Wallace family ran Wallace Tractor at Mendenhall

Christopher R. “Chris” Purdum (Magee)

Website: https://www.purdumforrep.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/purdumforrep/

  • Attorney
  • Magee City Prosecutor
  • Former Mendenhall City Judge

Cemper Scott (Mendenhall)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cemperscott4rep77/

  • Served as town alderman for D’lo
  • Served 14 years with Mississippi Federation of Republican Women
  • Family owns and operates Scott Tractor and Equipment Company

Hayes Patrick (Puckett)

 https://www.facebook.com/HayesPatrick77/

  • Owns Patrick’s Produce in Puckett
  • Served as an alderman in Puckett, MS
  • Owns Clear Creek Fitness

Cliff Brown (Magee)

Website: https://www.electcliffbrown.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Elect-Cliff-Brown-Representative-District-77-181698301874777/

  • Retired member of the Mississippi Air National Guard
  • Runs Jade’s Beauty Supplies & Fashions in Magee
  • Ran unsuccessfully for the Senate seat in District 35 in 2011 and 2015

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20 Dec
2017

BIPEC Recommended Candidate Wins Election

Joel Carter, the BIPEC Recommended “Best for Business & Jobs” candidate, has won a Special Election for the Mississippi Senate. Carter will represent Senate District 49 which includes parts of Harrison County. This seat became open when former Senator Sean Tindell was appointed to the MS Court of Appeals by Governor Phil Bryant.

Joel Carter was declared the unofficial winner in Tuesday’s election with 1,968 votes or 52.7%. Dan Q. Carr finished second with 996 votes and Ron Meyers finished third with 767 votes.

Joel is the principal broker and owner of J. Carter & Co. Real Estate & Development, one of the fastest growing real estate agencies on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He attended Gulfport High School and University of Southern Mississippi.

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20 Nov
2017

Joel Carter “Best for Business & Jobs”

The Business and Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC) has named Joel Carter as “Best for Business & Jobs” in an upcoming Special Election for the Mississippi Senate. Carter is running for Senate District 49 which includes parts of Harrison County. The election will be held on December 19 (a runoff, if needed, will be January 9, 2018). This seat became open when former Senator Sean Tindell was appointed to the MS Court of Appeals by Governor Phil Bryant.

BIPEC reviews backgrounds and key positions of candidates running for the Legislature. BIPEC disseminates research findings to members and educates its membership on the impact that elected officials could have on economic growth and MS employers. It is an independent, autonomous organization and is not affiliated with any political party or candidate. BIPEC actions are limited to advocacy, candidate research and candidate recommendations. BIPEC evaluates many factors while considering recommendations including potential election unity within the business/employer community.

Carter stated, “I am truly honored to be recognized as the “Best for Business & Jobs” candidate in this election. I want to be a champion for policies that promote economic development and jobs for the residents of Senate District 49 so that the Mississippi Gulf Coat continues to be an amazing place to work and live.”

Joel is the principal broker and owner of J. Carter & Co. Real Estate & Development, one of the fastest growing real estate agencies on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He attended Gulfport High School and University of Southern Mississippi.

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20 Oct
2017

Neil Whaley “Best for Jobs and Business”

BIPEC has named Neil Whaley as “Best for Business & Jobs” in an upcoming Special Election for the Mississippi Senate. The election will be on November 7 to fill the vacancy in Senate District 10 (portions of Marshall and Tate Counties). A runoff, if needed, will be Nov. 28. This seat became open when former Senator Bill Stone became public works director of Holly Springs.

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20 Sep
2017

Dr. Randy Easterling Best for Business & Jobs

The Business and Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC) has named Dr. Randy Easterling as “Best for Business & Jobs” in an upcoming Special Election for the Mississippi House of Representatives. Easterling is running for House District 54 which includes portions of Warren, Issaquena and Yazoo Counties. The election will be held on November 7. A runoff, if needed, will be held on Nov. 28.

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15 Aug
2017

Missy McGee Best for Business & Jobs

The Business and Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC) has named Missy McGee as “Best for Business & Jobs” in an upcoming Special Election for the Mississippi House of Representatives. McGee is running for House District 102 which includes parts of Forrest and Lamar Counties. The election will be held on September 12 (a runoff, if needed, will be Oct 3). This seat became open when former Rep. Toby Barker became Mayor of Hattiesburg.

BIPEC reviews backgrounds and key positions of candidates running for the Legislature. BIPEC disseminates research findings to members and educates its membership on the impact that elected officials could have on economic growth and MS employers. It is an independent, autonomous organization and is not affiliated with any political party or candidate. BIPEC actions are limited to advocacy, candidate research and candidate recommendations. BIPEC evaluates many factors while considering recommendations including potential election unity within the business/employer community.

McGee stated, “I am truly honored to be recognized as the “Best for Business & Jobs” candidate in this election. I want to be a champion for policies that promote economic development and jobs for the residents of House District 102 so that Hattiesburg continues to be an amazing place to work and live.”

Missy McGee is a lifelong resident of Hattiesburg. A graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, Missy has served as an instructor at Southern Miss, worked as an administrator at her family’s paving company and spearheaded several important community initiatives. She and her husband, Sean, have two sons and attend Main Street United Methodist Church.

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