New Taxes Could Fund Road And Bridge Repair

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — A state lawmaker wants to raise taxes and fees to repair highways and bridges. On Monday Mississippi Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall announced a bill that Republican state Senator Dean Kirby plans to introduce next legislative session. Currently in draft form, Kirby’s plan includes a statewide referendum, up to $150 annual fees on electric and hybrid cars, and adding roughly 1.5 cents to Mississippi’s fuel tax of 18.4 cents a gallon. Lt. Governor Tate Reeves has opposed any tax increase for roads and bridges, but the state needs at least an additional $400 million each year in state funding for transportation maintenance alone.

 

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