Business Leaders Optimistic About Mississippi’s Economic FutureBy Jeffrey Hess | Published 21 Dec 2010 03:42pm |
A new survey of Mississippi voters and business owners seems to show some optimism about the state's economic future. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that the Mississippi Economic Council surveyed 300 voters and 300 business leaders for the Economic State of the State survey.
At a press conference in the capitol building on Tuesday, The Mississippi Economic Council announced the results of the survey.
While wide majorities of voters and business leaders rated the economy either very bad or fairly bad, Blake Wilson with the MEC says that there is a growing sense among business leaders that the economy is improving.
"68% believe that we are going to be significantly better in the next couple years. What I really like even more is 79% believe that we can emerge and continue to emerge has high growth southern states have over the last 20 years," Wilson said.
However, the outlook among voters was much less sunny, with less than half predicating improvement in the economy in the near term. That, Wilson says, is not surprising.
"If you haven't seen the jobs coming back yet, and that's still been slow, you just don't see it. And so that is going to lag. That will probably be the end of this coming year or the beginning part of 2012, where the citizens will say 'yeah, we're back'," Wilson said.
On the streets outside the capitol building, Brenda Kimbrough echoed that skepticism, says she is not expecting any improvement.
"We really don't get paid enough to do the things that we need to do and take care of our families like we should. So, it's been hard for me because I am a single parent and it’s hard for me. I am actually struggling," Kimbrough said.
But Harry Rosenthal thinks people just need to give it a little more time.
“It’s just the nature of the American people. They are going to make it come back, that is just the way American's are. We will work diligently and bring it back," Rosenthal said.
The survey was taken within the last few weeks and the MEC plans to take it around the state and gather more input.
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