Notes from April Forum with Sen. David Blount and Rep. Andy Gipson

A sample of the media coverage of Monday’s Stennis-Capitol Press Forum appears below.  Our next forum will be held on Monday, May 6, 2013 at The Capital Club.  Check the forum website – http://stenniscapitolpress.wordpress.com – for updated information.

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(AP)  Two lawmakers who spoke at a press luncheon yesterday disagreed about whether Mississippi should expand Medicaid, reflecting the partisan split that left the health program in limbo when the House and Senate ended their three-month session last week.  More…

(Clarion-Ledger)  During a Stennis Center/Capitol Press Corp luncheon Monday, Sen. David Blount made an off-hand comment about the state providing $25 million in tax incentives for “an outlet mall in Rankin County.”  More…

(Clarion-Ledger Blog Daily Ledes – Sam Hall) Here’s a few additional tidbits from the Stennis Institute/Capitol Press Corp luncheon featuring Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, and Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Magee.  On conceal carry law … On controversial appointments … On consolidating state offices … More…

(MPB Online)  … While speaking at a press forum Monday, Representative Andy Gipson of Braxton expressed skepticism that the state could afford to put more people on Medicaid…. Speaking at the same event, Democratic Senator David Blount of Jackson supported expansion saying state lawmakers could find the $50 million dollars a year in order to provide health care to 300,000 thousand more residents. … More…

(Magnolia Marketplace Blog – Clay Chandler)  Sen. David Blount and Rep. Andy Gipson agree it’s a matter of time before they join their colleagues in a special session to hash out funding for the state’s Medicaid program. Blount, a Jackson Democrat, and Gipson, a Simpson County Republican, recapped the just-ended legislative session Monday at the lunch meeting of the Stennis Capitol Press Corps. Lawmakers left Jackson last week with no funding for Medicaid.  More…

(Madison County Journal – Brian Perry)  In the Legislature, the divide between Republicans and Democrats is one major hurdle for any piece of legislation to cross. Other major divides include rural and urban areas and the House and Senate as institutions. This week the Stennis-Capitol Press Forum featured legislators from those divisions to discuss the recently concluded legislative session. Sen. David Blount (D-Jackson) and Rep. Andy Gipson (R-Simpson County) talked taxes, Medicaid and committee issues. They both used tax policy as arguments on the Affordable Care Act’s (Obamacare) Medicaid expansion. More …

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