Rep. Earle Banks, D-Jackson, said the Nov. 8 presidential election will determine how the 2017 Mississippi legislative session could go in January.

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The state budget, expanding Medicaid and social-justice issues were hot topics at a town-hall meeting the Hinds County members of the Legislative Black Caucus hosted Thursday at the Mississippi Capitol. The group focused on key policy issues the caucus hopes to address in the upcoming legislative session.

Corey Wiggins, the director of the Hope Policy Institute, outlined Mississippi’s tax cuts and budget as an overview for lawmakers and Jacksonians. Wiggins focused on what is at stake for working families in the State’s budgeting process.

“The way our tax code is set up, lower-income people in this state of Mississippi pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes than higher-income folks,” Wiggins said.

Even when the Taxpayer Pay Raise Act passed in 2016, some lawmakers pointed out …
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Money, Medicaid, Social Justice Dominate Black Caucus' Town Hall