JACKSON – Mississippi’s economy continues to lag that of the nation and will do so for the foreseeable future, state Economist Darrin Webb told legislative leaders Thursday.
“I believe the only thing we can do for Mississippi to be more competitive is for our people to be more competitive,” Webb told members of the Legislative Budget Committee. To do that, Webb said, would take long-term efforts to improve health care, education and in some instances the culture of Mississippians.
“Mississippi’s growth will not catch the national growth” in the near term, he said. “That is not likely to happen.”