MCPP President Forest Thigpen issued the following statement regarding the ruling by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves which overturned Mississippi’s Constitutional provision defining marriage:
It is a travesty that a majority of the Senate Education Committee would consider the CEO of one of Mississippi’s greatest success stories to be unworthy to serve on the State Board of Education.
Maybe the education establishment is afraid that Bomgar might try to apply the same innovation to the education system that he has to the technology sector.
This morning, the Senate passed the conference report on charter schools by a vote of 34-18, which sends the measure to the governor for his signature. The House approved the conference report yesterday by a vote of 62-56. This is far from a perfect bill, but it is a good start and will give some Mississippi children an opportunity to receive a quality education that they would not have had otherwise. In politics,
We appreciate Governor Bryant’s willingness to take a stand on this issue. The promise of state control over an Obamacare health insurance exchange is an illusion. Federal officials have the power to dictate the operation of an Obamacare exchange, and we have no doubt they will do so over time.
Contrary to what was reported in this newspaper on Sunday, I did not “help design the [state health insurance] exchange used today,” and I have consistently opposed the creation of an exchange under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A brief call to my office before publishing these inaccuracies – and others – would have been helpful.
MARKETS WORK BETTER THAN MANDATES
This is a stunning expansion of the government’s power over our lives. It violates the principles of our nation’s founders. The Mississippi Center for Public Policy will continue to fight for free-market solutions to our nation’s health care problems.
Attn: PERS Study Commission
Written Statement of Dr. Jameson Taylor
V.P. for Policy at the Mississippi Center for Public Policy
September 14, 2011
Mississippi’s budget woes would not be nearly as severe if marriage still had the prominence it once did in the state, according to Forest Thigpen, president of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy (MCPP). His comments were based on a study released today in Washington, DC, that estimates the cost of divorce and out-of-wedlock childbearing on federal, state, and local budgets. The landmark study, entitled “The Taxpayer Costs of Divorce and Unwed Childbearing,” is the first scholarly, peer-reviewed study to ever estimate the cost of “family fragmentation” to federal, state, and local governments.