Hosemann calling for six-month suspension of state’s gas tax

Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann is calling for a six-month suspension of the state’s 18.4-cent gas tax to combat record-level inflation.

Hosemann made the announcement Monday.

“The No. 1 concern citizens are discussing around their kitchen tables is the increased cost of goods and services,” Hosemann said. “Reducing what Mississippians are paying at the pump is direct and immediate relief to families.”

Suspending the gas tax for six months would cost the state about $215 million. Entities which receive a diversion currently from the gas tax would be made whole through the Capital Expense Fund (additional revenue) under Hosemann’s proposal.

Earlier this Session, the Senate passed legislation which would provide a boost of $300 million to the state’s Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Program. Hosemann’s gas tax suspension proposal would not affect this additional injection of one-time funds for critical infrastructure projects.

Enacted in 2018, the Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Program is administered by the Mississippi Department of Transportation upon the advice of an advisory board made up of industry and local government leaders. The program was initially funded with $250 million in bonds. The Legislature appropriated an additional $89 million during the 2021 Legislative Session.

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