The Latest: Lt. governor says no to increasing gas tax
Apr. 12, 2018
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on Mississippi transportation funding (all times local):
Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is repeating his opposition to any increase in the state gasoline tax.
That means state senators are unlikely to accept a big part of a transportation funding plan that House leaders unveiled Thursday.
Gov. Phil Bryant has ordered closure of more than 100 locally maintained bridges that are in dangerous condition. He could call legislators into special session sometime to consider long-term transportation funding plan.
House leaders are proposing a tax swap — phasing out the 4 percent state income tax bracket and phasing in an 8-cents-per-gallon increase on the state gas tax. Speaker Philip Gunn says the gas tax would put more money into infrastructure.
Reeves says Senate leaders will stick with a transportation plan they proposed during the recent regular session.
Mississippi House leaders are proposing a new plan that could put hundreds of millions more dollars into highways and bridges.
This comes as Gov. Phil Bryant has ordered more than 100 locally maintained bridges to be closed because federal officials say they are in dangerous condition.
Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn says Thursday that one part of the plan is a tax swap. Over four years, the 4 percent income tax bracket would be phased out and a gasoline tax increase would be phased in. He says that would take about as much money out of the state budget as it would put in, but would direct more cash to infrastructure.
Bryant could call legislators into special session at some point to consider long-term plan to pay for transportation.