In his budget recommendation for the 2018 fiscal year, Gov. Phil Bryant acknowledged something promoters of Mississippi’s capital city have often stressed: Jackson is the tree trunk from which grow the branches that make up each metro city.
If the base of the tree is unhealthy, the rest cannot thrive.
“Jackson’s struggles are not a competitive advantage for neighboring jurisdictions; they are a cause for concern for the entire metro area,” Bryant wrote. “But nor are Jackson’s problems merely the byproduct of misperceptions. The challenges Jackson has with infrastructure and cost containment are real.”