A Look Ahead at State Budget

Early predictions are that Mississippi budget talks could be the toughest yet for legislators.

Despite higher than anticipated tax collections for July and August, Rep. Greg Snowden told officials at the Council of Governments meeting Monday, there is still reason for caution.

"We'd like to think that's the start of a trend," said Snowden. "Revenues are beginning to uptick and hopefully that's the case. Unfortunately we still have a very challenging year ahead of us, because so much of money we've had available this year, federal stimulus money, we won't have next year. So, it's going to be a very tough budget year."

As lawmakers prepare to deal with the upcoming year's budget, one local business owner we caught up with is also preparing for the future.

About 18 months ago, amid the recession, 26-year-old Marquis Easley opened his own business in Meridian.

"The economy wasn't doing that great and employment wasn't great,' said Easley.

That's when Easley, who was and still is a business student at MCC, opened his own business, Supply & Demand Shoes and Clothing.

"The last couple of months have been great because of back to school, Fourth of July, things of that nature," Easley said.

As with the state, although Easley's business has experienced some slight gains recently, he's still preparing for the worst while hoping for the best.

"For these three months that are coming up will typically be the tougher months, and then after Black Friday and Thanksgiving, once Christmas comes around, sales will pick back up," he said. "Income tax sales will pick back up."

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