We’re negotiation Medicaid, Mr. Chairman, what are you going to do? “I’m going to Disney World!”

While some legislators are working to craft a budget for the state and preserve Medicaid, others are taking it easy, according to WLBT.

A key budget negotiator decided it was time to take his family on vacation. Representative Dirk Dedeaux is a Democrat from Perkinston in South Mississippi. Now, he is the House Medicaid Committee Chairman. And WLBT has learned that he is at Disney World on a family vacation that he says was planned three months ago. Committee Vice Chairman Robert Johnson of Natchez will take his place in budget talks but, get this, published reports say another legislator actually signed him as present Tuesday at the State Capitol even though he was in Florida. Dedeaux says he notified the House Clerk of the error. Mississippi Republicans of course are reacting with some harsh language. State GOP Chairman Brad White issued this statement, “Public service is a sacrifice and if it is one Dedeaux is unwilling to make, he should consider another line of work.”

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