The Mission of Mississippi Center for Public Policy is for Mississippi to be a place where entrepreneurs are free to pursue their dreams, parents are free to direct the education and upbringing of their children, citizens are free to express their conscience, government is limited, personal liberty and responsibility are treasured, free market solutions are preferred, and as many people as possible are free from dependence on government.

With a mind to the principles that guided our Founders, proposed state legislation (bills) will be graded as green (good policy), yellow (neutral), or red (bad policy) based on three criteria:

  1. Does the law expand the size, scope, intrusiveness, or cost of government?
  2. Does the law limit either economic or individual liberty?
  3. Does the law restrict free market competition (voluntary exchange and consumer choice) or private enterprises (such as churches, nonprofits, charities, parents, etc.)

We don’t grade people or parties. We just score each piece of legislation on its merit. For further information about the principles of good government, please read Governing by Principle. This guide was developed by MCPP more than a decade ago but its value is timeless.