Mississippi economy growing, but slower than region and nation

JACKSON — Mississippi’s economy is growing but still lags behind regional and national recovery from the Great Recession, an expert said Thursday.

“Everything’s not just perfect. But it is, I would say, better than it has been in a long time,” state economist Darrin Webb told legislators during a briefing at the Capitol.

Lawmakers are considering the state’s economic outlook as they work on a roughly $6.2 billion state budget for fiscal 2016, which begins July 1. The budget-writing deadline is in late March.