Road Improvement Funding Stalled
A plan to increase funding for road improvements in the state by raising taxes has died in the state Legislature.
House leaders were unable to attract enough support from lawmakers. Many representatives instead demanded money saving efforts at the Mississippi Department of Transportation rather than put the burden on taxpayers. The department of transportation says it needs another $526 million a year to prevent deterioration of state highways and bridges.
The Mississippi Economic Council is still hoping to push lawmakers to act this year. However, that seems unlikely.