Legislature Session Starts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Mississippi legislators are back at the Capitol at noon Tuesday to start their 2005 session, and they say they're ready to work.

A vote could come in the first couple of weeks on Medicaid.

Leading legislators want to restore benefits to 50,000 poor, disabled and elderly patients who had been scheduled to be cut from the program, but the big question is over how to pay for the coverage.

The chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, Rep. Walter Robinson of Bolton, says restoring the cuts is easier said than done.

With a tight budget year, legislators could consider several proposals to raise more revenue, but Gov. Haley Barbour says he opposes any new taxes.


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