Jon Pritchett President/CEO-Mississippi Center for Public Policy discusses issues facing Mississippi's dependence on government.
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Rotary Club of Jackson (RCJ)
October 8, 2018
 
The RCJ was pleased to welcome Jon Pritchett, President and CEO of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy.
 
President Neddie Winters, called the meeting to order. Allan Cole of Hampton Ascent Hospitality gave the opening prayer.  Ted Jackson of Stephens Investment Banking led the pledge of allegiance and Neddie led the 4-way test.  Mike Pepper of Mississippi Road Builders, greeted and acknowledged the visiting Rotarians and guests.
 
Seated at the Head table included Al Sage of Sage Advice, Maxine Greenleaf, of Jackson State University, Ashby Foote of Vector Money Management and Jackson City Council and Mark Fields of Woodmark Investments, who introduced our speaker.
 
Paul Bowers highlighted the role of the Sergeant at Arms.  Paul gave a heart felt description of the responsibilities of the Sergeant at Arms and what the Rotary Club of Jackson has meant to him and his family.
 
Jon Pritchett is President and CEO of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy and the Mississippi Justice Institute.
 
Jon was formerly Sr. Vice President at the John Locke Foundation, North Carolina’s conservative think tank.  Prior to joining the free market movement, Pritchett enjoyed a 28-year career in the private sector as an executive, investment banker and entrepreneur, including serving as CEO while overseeing the turnaround of the AstroTurf brand.
 
Jon received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and did his graduate work at the University of South Carolina and the University of North Carolina. He lives in Jackson with his wife Joan and daughter Claire and their dogs Boone and Gage. The Pritchetts also have three adult children – Meredith, Zach, and Chase. When he’s not defending liberty, Jon likes to play tennis and golf, bird hunt, and garden.  He’s also an accomplished writer and thought-leader as his opinions have been published broadly by many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Washington Examiner and The Federalist, among others.
 
The Mississippi Center for Public Policy (MCPP) is an independent, non-profit, public policy organization based in Jackson, MS. MCPP works to promote and protect the concepts of free markets, limited government, and strong families.
MCPP is an independent organization, but it is a member of the State Policy Network, which is comprised of state-based think tanks around the country that approach issues from a limited government and free-market perspective.
The mission of the MCPP is to advance the constitutional ideals of liberty and justice for all Mississippians by employing an evidenced-based approach to public policy whereby we advocate for and advance real conservative ideas with policy makers, members of the media, business leaders, the academic community, and private citizens.
The vision of the MCPP 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.
Ideally, the MCPP believes in:
  • Limited Government-the Constitution as a guide to public policy.  Eliminate the overdependence on government.
  • Free Markets-competition and consumer choice produce the best outcomes for individuals.  Focus on sustainable growth of the private sector.
  • Strong Families-strong, intact families are the wellspring of civil society
  • Individual Liberty-individuals have the freedom to make their own personal, economic and religious decisions.  Secure the natural rights of individuals in a free market society.
  • Personal Responsibility-a requirement for individual liberty, the individual is responsible for his/her actions and outcomes. Greater reliance on free market versus public sector.
A Magnolia Renaissance can happen in Mississippi if we focus on economic growth by embracing the private sector and competition.  Government functions best when it is closest to the people and gives the policy power to the States. 
President Winters adjourned the meeting.