Flaggs Walks Out of Meeting

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A Mississippi House member walked out of Medicaid negotiations Tuesday because he says senators are not working in good faith.

Rep. George Flaggs of Vicksburg says he's upset that the Senate Public Health Committee let a cigarette tax bill die without bringing it up for a vote before the deadline.

Flaggs says there's no point of trying to fix Medicaid's budget problems if senators aren't willing to consider all ideas coming from the House.

Gov. Haley Barbour and leading Senate Republicans say they're opposed to any tax increases.

Medicaid has a $268 million budget shortfall for the year that ends June 30, and officials say the program will go broke by Mar. 11.