State economist Darrin Webb told a committee of legislators last week that low gas prices have hurt Mississippi’s economy more than expected.
Webb said the oil sector decline has led to lost jobs for Mississippians and also has negatively impacted sales tax collections in the state. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau chief Bobby Harrison (6:25) joins Brad and guest co-host Lauren Wood on today’s episode to discuss Webb’s comments and his long-term outlook for the state.
Also on today’s show, Daily Journal health reporter Michaela Morris (11:42) explains the dispute between North Mississippi Health Services and United Healthcare. NMHS has notified the insurer that it will terminate its provider agreement in 2017 because it claims United Healthcare has failed to pay the system accurately and fairly. Michaela has the latest on negotiations between the two entities to reach an agreement, and she explains how this will impact those who are insured by United.
Lauren (25:20) discusses her photo essay on Tupelo’s Spencer Kirkpatrick, who is participating in Mississippi State University’s ACCESS program. That program allows students with intellectual disabilities to have a true college experience. Participants attend regular college classes related to their career interests, have a program specific class twice per week and work with peer mentors and student workers to set and achieve social and academic goals.