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nraacct
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:58:18 AM

A top lawmaker says Mississippi needs to increase its gasoline tax to pay for highway and bridge maintenance, but he concedes there's little chance of it happening this year.

House Transportation Committee Chairman Robert Johnson said Monday that 40 percent of Mississippi's major roads and 28 percent of its highways are in poor or mediocre condition. He also says 25 percent of bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.


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remay
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 12:20:32 PM

Expect it... everywhere.
blupupher
Champion Author Houston

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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 6:43:27 AM

You can replace Mississippi with any state name and have pretty much the same article.
Trudat316
Veteran Author Missouri

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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 1:29:03 AM

Look at you, Mississippi. Trendsetter!
danindenver
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 12:23:07 AM

After listening to a local talk show, yesterday, I feel it is imperative to point out that the gentleman from Mississippi is talking about a tax RATE increase, not an increase in tax REVENUE.

There is a world of difference.
Thinking that a tax rate increase will solve all of governments' needs puts me in mind of the storied gargoyle, perched on a ledge, crooning, "what fools these mortals be."

BluWahoo
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:08:00 PM

SUNOIL...agree with you
SUNOIL
Champion Author Toledo

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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 7:00:48 PM

We are going to have to do away with the gas tax and come up with a road tax.
BluWahoo
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 6:59:20 PM

I drive to Gulfport MS a few times per month. Interstate 10 is horrible in some areas. Potholes, uneven lanes and cracked pavement. But MS has always been the poorest state in the USA. You can't really tax the poor and poverty stricken people. Maybe some other form of tax where everyone pays a little. Their Casino business should help out with the roads and bridges since their customers are driving on them and wearing them out quickly.
YumaFellow
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:34:25 PM

More and more legislators are facing the truth: maintaining infrastructure is both expensive and necessary. It does take political will to accomplish this.
mitt4prez
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:19:25 PM

Business as usual: never cut some other expenditure, but raise rates.
oilfreak
All-Star Author Houston

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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:57:02 AM

Let the oil companies fund this.
scu227
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:44:22 AM

Let the speculators and oil comapnies pay for it, they have all the money. We can't keep raising taxes, we don't have enough net income now.
BigTruc
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:30:49 AM

Let the Casinos pay for it.
OTISFL
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:42:58 AM

Same problems in nearly every state.
HoosierDaddyKY
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:42:06 AM

I see...
cdrrod
Champion Author Wisconsin

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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:29:22 AM

Join the bandwagon!
skempton
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:27:53 AM

It is the same in every state.
MrDeath666
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:26:23 AM

The extra tax would never make it to road construction. They would waste it on welfare for people who refuse to work.
JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:23:22 AM

No doubt!
marcelpr
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:22:17 AM

Thank goodness for Mississippi. They keep Louisiana perpetually in 49th place.
EnviroChemist
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:21:30 AM

Time to budget better, a 385 million dollar increase in a maintenance budget is to much at one time.
RONALD777
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:21:11 AM

Politicians love tax increases. They would take your whole check if they could get away with it.
amoshins
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:18:51 AM

Unfortunately, new revenue is needed, and taxes are the easiest answer
Buck_on_Bass
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:15:46 AM

Mississippi's tax on gasoline and diesel fuel has been 18.8 cents per gallon since 1987. Per Republican Dick Hall, the central district state transportation commissioner, the cost of highway construction has increased about 300 percent since the state fuel tax was raised 26 years ago. It is reasonable the revenues should be increased to pay for the increased cost of construction and maintenance.
ktyson13
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:13:29 AM

typical democrat - more taxes so we can spend more.
darshanzala
All-Star Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:09:47 AM

Why do you need more tax on gas?? Instead of using gas tax for Roads as well as general funds, use it only for roads and bridges.
humblepie
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:07:51 AM

for years and years all that money went into the general fund
and was spent on other thing then what it was meant for, now
maybe they should cut those programs and repay the road and bridge fund
USMCturtlehead
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:03:22 AM

Every dollar you earneed is taxed. But how mant times is it taxed is the real Question.
bsnort
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:02:54 AM

"25 percent of bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete" - i find that hard to believe.
Evilmaddog
Champion Author British Columbia

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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:01:48 AM

try 45% in taxes on gas.....but most of it goes to general revenue.... $4.73/us gal..... $1.259/ litre
Sanpoil
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:59:27 AM

Tax, Tax, and Tax more.
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