Author Archives: Administrator

A BPF View – Medicaid 101: Part I

biggerpieforum.org | A BPF View – Medicaid 101: Part I | Administrator A Primer for the Everyday Joe on Medicaid BPF is publishing a multipart series on the Medicaid program.  This being the first in the series, our goal is awareness and education regarding a large part of the state’s budget. The rising cost of […]

Book Review: Stockman’s “The Great Deformation” and Our Rigged Economy

biggerpieforum.org | Book Review: Stockman’s “The Great Deformation” and Our Rigged Economy | Administrator Guest Commentary By Shadrack White The two most dynamic candidates in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, had one thing in common: they knew Main Street Americans were sick of the economy being rigged against them. But understanding […]

A BPF View – PERS Fiscal Time Bomb

biggerpieforum.org | A BPF View – PERS Fiscal Time Bomb | Administrator  PERS COLA 13th Check According to data from the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi, the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) given to retirees, often in a year-ending lump sum known as the “13th check,” is threatening to hollow out the pension fund’s […]

BPF Guest Commentary on Attorney General’s Financial Literacy Program

biggerpieforum.org | BPF Guest Commentary on Attorney General’s Financial Literacy Program | Administrator By:  Shad White, Director of Mississippi Justice Institute Director of Mississippi Justice Institute – Shad White Mississippi’s Attorney General is suing companies and reaching settlements that funnel money to his favorite pet projects – such as the Financial Literacy Program. The Clarion […]

The Undead Yazoo Backwater Pumps Project 

biggerpieforum.org | The Undead Yazoo Backwater Pumps Project  | Administrator A Stinkin’ Resurrection The Mississippi Public Service Commission finally drove a stake through the gasifier heart of the Kemper County Lignite Plant.  So customers won’t pay for most of its $7 billion cost.  But the PSC may allow $300 million more in gasifier collateral costs […]

Kemper Has A Long Tail

biggerpieforum.org | Kemper Has A Long Tail | Administrator A Long Tail:       There are two key points to this note.  First, the PSC Rate decision in early 2018 is likely to result in a small rate decrease with additional rate reductions after 3-5 years.  Secondly, a Base Rate decision by the PSC […]

A BPF Book Review: Move Fast and Break Things

biggerpieforum.org | A BPF Book Review: Move Fast and Break Things | Administrator A Book Review of:  Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy     By: Jonathan Taplin It’s no secret that the Internet has become the world’s dominant communications network over the past two decades. It’s […]

Urban Flash Floods Part I: Who Is at Fault?

biggerpieforum.org | Urban Flash Floods Part I: Who Is at Fault? | Administrator Urbanization and Drainage: Urbanization can cause havoc with creek and stream drainage.  We should not be surprised – over the past century, American towns and cities have replaced millions of acres of water soaking land with the impermeable surfaces of buildings, roads […]

New Biofuel Refinery Velocys Coming to Mississippi – Another MDA Disaster?

biggerpieforum.org | New Biofuel Refinery Velocys Coming to Mississippi – Another MDA Disaster? | Administrator New Biofuel Refinery Velocys One would think that after the KiOR fiasco, the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) would be more cautious about financing more questionable investments in biofuels like the new biofuel refinery Velocys coming to Mississippi. According to a recent […]