Progress is made restoring water to Jackson residents, but the symptoms of a old and crumbling infrastructure remain.Then, state faith leaders send a unified message of support for Medicaid expansion.Plus, a coalition of health advocates press the legislature for a higher cigarette tax.Segment 1:An
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Progress is made restoring water to Jackson residents, but the symptoms of a old and crumbling infrastructure remain.Then, state faith leaders send a unified message of support for Medicaid expansion.Plus, a coalition of health advocates press the legislature for a higher cigarette tax.Segment 1:An estimated five thousand residents in Jackson have not had running water since the winter storm last month. City officials say there's work to be done, but an end could be near. The saga has brought the deteriorating condition of Capital City's infrastructure to the national stage. The city has requested assistance from the State Legislature to fund major repairs to aging water system. Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba says the price tag to modernize all of the city's major infrastructure could top two billion dollars.The problems are symptomatic of an old and crumbling infrastructure. With a city that has grown geographically over the last half century while shrinking demographically, the tax base to address a cascade of issues has been absent. Jordan Rae Tillman is Director of City Planning for Jackson. She shares more with Shalina Chatlani of the Gulf States Newsroom.Segment 2:Faith leaders in Mississippi are planning to deliver a letter to the governor and state legislators today - urging them to expand Medicaid. Ministers with Working Together Mississippi say they have more than 300 signatures and are seeking more. The ministers say there are about 300,000 working poor in Mississippi, who don’t have access to healthcare. The Mississippi Hospital Association has offered a plan to pay the state’s portion. But it hasn’t gained any traction. Bishop Brian Seage is with the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi. He tells our Desare Frazier, access to health care is a moral issue.Segment 3:The Partnership for a Health Mississippi is joining other health advocate groups in calling on the State Senate to amend House Bill 1439 to increase the cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack. Currently, the Mississippi Tax Freedom Act calls for a low 50 cents per pack cigarette tax increase. Mississippi's current tobacco tax is one of the lowest in the nation, and Sandra Shelson, Executive Director of the Partnership, says the modest raise in the House's plan would still not reing the state up to the national average. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.