Taylor's Town Hall Meeting Focused On Insurance, Economy

BILOXI (WLOX) -- With gas prices at record high levels and an insurance crisis along the Gulf Coast, the state of our economy has everyone talking. Congressman Gene Taylor wants to hear their concerns.

Monday night, he brought his town hall meeting to the city of Biloxi. While he promises to give his full attention, what he won't promise is a false sense of hope to the people of South Mississippi.

With hurricane season just a few weeks away, Taylor can't help but think about the multi-perils bill that recently failed in the Senate.

"That was really disappointing. There weren't that many votes in the Senate," said Congressman Taylor.

The bill will now go to conference. However, Taylor says the chances of it moving it any farther are slim and he blames insurance lobbyists.

"They're greedy, quite frankly. On one hand they really don't want the business, but on the other hand they don't want the government to do it. It's a very strange scenario and the only way to describe it is greed," Taylor said.

He says the multi-perils legislation would have helped so many coast families. Now he's fearful it may take another Katrina for Senate leaders to take notice. That's why he says he'll continue to scour the coast, listening to the concerns of residents in hopes that he can change the mindset of decision makers in Washington.

The next town hall meeting will be on Thursday, May 29th at the Gulfport City Hall. Then on Monday, June 2nd, Congressman Taylor will travel to Petal. Both events are scheduled from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.