Monday, March 13, 2017

House continues to push for road money

Mississippi Speakah of the House Phillip Gunn issued the following statement last week.


MS House of Representatives Continues to Push for Road and Bridge Funding

Jackson, MS—Today, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 2939 with language devoted to repairing Mississippi’s roads and bridges. The bill passed by a vote of 109-7.

“I’m proud of the House for once again stepping up to provide a solution to the needs of our roads and bridges in Mississippi,” said Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. “The House has demonstrated it is serious about beginning to address the need this year.”

The House proposal outlines:

· $50 million in bonds: $25 million to counties, and $25 million to cities for bridge repairs.
· Allocating the use tax Mississippi is already receiving through voluntary payments on out-of-state purchases by Mississippi residents: 50% to MDOT if they internally reallocate $25 million in their existing budget to prioritize road and bridge repair, 25% to counties and 25% to cities for road and bridge improvements.
· That if federal law changes, allowing for the collection of use tax from out-of-state sellers, Mississippi will spend up to $200 million of that money on road and bridge improvements.
· When our state general fund revenue grows more than 2% in one year, 50% of those dollars beyond the 2% growth (up to a max of $100 million) will be devoted to road and bridge improvement under the same formula.

This entire package is estimated to spend between $150 and $175 million on roads and bridges beginning this July.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is equivalent to pissing on a 10,000 acre forest fire that you helped start, and saying look at me, I helping to put the fire out.

Anonymous said...

3:00 beat me to the punch on a smart alec comment on this do-nothing legislation.

Anonymous said...

Drain the Jackson swamp. Starve the government beast.

Anonymous said...

Which Engineering Firm / Consulting Engineer is funding this push???? Valid question.

Anonymous said...

Agree on all of the above, they have not accomplished
anything!!!! As usually, narrow-minded idiots!!

Anonymous said...

Gunn is solely responsible for stopping at lottery in the state. He doesn't want that money but he wants ours.

Anonymous said...

I'm as conservative as they come but something got to be did bout these roads....

Anonymous said...

These Rs don't want govt to do anything.....

So quit getting angry at Rs....

They are killing govt one dollar at a time.

Anonymous said...

5:42 I'm with you. If the legislature wants to spend money, get the lottery. Gunn needs to wake up

Anonymous said...

no crap 5:53. conservative does not mean traveling on a horse and not getting your shots or shaving your pits. the definition of conservative has changed a lot since the days of Reagan.

Anonymous said...

We are not talking about starting a new do nothing government bureaucracy made up of suits. We are talking about fixing roads and bridges that are crumbling. The idiots that keep opposing this are the same ones that jump on Jackson because its streets have gone to shit. Guess what, our state roads and bridges have gone to shit due to neglect from puds like Gunn.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't the Donkeycrats put a bill on the Gov's desk increasing road and gasoline taxation while they had a chance?

Anonymous said...

All of them are responsible, donkeys and elephants. This isn't a question of party politics, but rather an indictment of ALL elected officials that procrastinate in the name of reelection. For once, let's hold ALL of them accountable and not reduce ourselves to fighting over party politics which only benefits the do-nothing politicians that we keep electing to both parties. Of course, it's always easier to keep blaming the other side rather than holding all elected officials accountable.

Anonymous said...

What happened to the casino money? Wasn't that going to save us, educate us, and pave our roads with gold? Now you saps out there want a lottery. We really do get what we deserve in this state.

Anonymous said...

Our legislature couldn't possibly allocate money according to the roads and bridges that are the most hazardous even though MDOT is well aware of which ones pose the greatest risk to the most citizens!
Everybody has to get a piece of the pie!
A real fiscal conservative would have eliminated such nonsense decades ago!

Anonymous said...

The real fiscal conservatives weren't in charge of Mississippi's Legislature decades ago! Woof, woof.

Plain ol' Catfish said...

If Mississippi doesn't want to start a state lottery - simply repeal 90% of the tax cuts they passed during the FY2015, FY2016 sessions. The only one I would not repeal is the inventory tax.

You make up the deficits, kept the lottery from coming and you have funding for necessary infrastructure repairs and maintenance.

If you are not going to do that - then now is the time to seriously consider a lottery and legalizing the mass production of hemp and marijuana, tax the hell out of it, allow farmers to start growing it - its bad enough Ole Miss and Mississippi State are growing it and not sharing the wealth.

Anonymous said...

2016 session tax cuts haven't kicked in yet. Try again.

Plain ol' Catfish said...

@ 1:10pm

That's why I said repeal them, LMAO!!!!!

Because once they kick in, that ascension to the fiscal cliff will be full steam ahead.

Anonymous said...

Lottery will help a wee bit but won't solve the larger problem. Nothing gets solved on revenues until their is agreement that govt is also bloated and too large.

The welfare state has tapped the ability of the citizenry to pay. There's nothing left.

Anonymous said...

these funds should be spent where needed, not just divided up by some prearranged formula. The Rs have no ba--s.

Anonymous said...

The lottery is stupid. I would rather pay 5 dollars more in taxes each year than fund such idiocy.

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