The top leaders of the Mississippi Republican party say they remain unified heading into their third legislative session next year having control of the legislature and Governor's mansion. That comes as some democrats continue to push for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. All were in attendance at the Mississippi Economic Council's annual Hobnob political function in Jackson yesterday. We’ll hear from Gov. Phil Bryant, Speaker Philip Gunn, Attorney General Jim Hood and Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones.
Starting today, more than 667,000 Mississippians will see a 5% cut in food stamps. Residents receiving benefits known as SNAP - or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - got on average 124 dollars a month in food stamps. That adds up to about $1 billion in aid to Mississippi. By decreasing SNAP benefits, more Mississippians may have to rely on charities already stretched thin. Barbara Tarter is with the Salvation Army.
Charities won't be the only ones feeling the pinch of lower SNAP benefits. Ed Sivak and Jessica Shappley are with the Mississippi Economic Policy Center. They talked with our Ezra Wall about how the food stamps cut affects not only individuals, but the overall economy.
Finally, a look at the weekend box office offerings with Anita Modak-Truran.