Today’s show is all about the economy. That includes a positive trend for the city of Tupelo and more gloomy news at the state level.
Daily Journal local government reporter Caleb Bedillion (11:19) joins Derek and Brad to discuss Tupelo’s sales tax growth. For the first time, the city has collected more than $20 million in sales tax revenue – a sign that business is booming.
Meanwhile, Capitol Bureau chief Bobby Harrison (19:07) talks about a report by the Pew Charitable Trust that shows that Mississippi’s economy is more stagnant. The state rebounded to its pre-recession heights in 2015 but that growth has slowed recently. Last year, the state had less revenue than it did for the previous fiscal year. Democrats blame too many tax cuts, and Republicans cite other factors. Bobby has more information on the report and how trends in Mississippi compare to those in other states.