Phil Bryant on Budget & Economy
Implement a state lottery; Arkansas got $80M last year
I believe it's time to look at ways to grow revenue, without raising taxes. I am open to a general discussion regarding the implementation of a state lottery. As you know, voters cleared the legal pathway for a lottery in 1992 when they chose to
remove the constitutional prohibition and allow the Legislature to provide authorization and control.
Arkansas--the state closest to us in population and demographics--received $80 million from its lottery last fiscal year.
That kind of data demands attention. When we see traffic crowded on the Mississippi River bridge taking revenue to our neighboring state, it may be time to face a new reality.
We can no longer contain the people's desire for a lottery, we can only force them to travel.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Mississippi Legislature
, Jan 17, 2017
Lower taxes to spur economic growth and job creation
I believe people--not government--know best how to take care of their own money. We will continue to identify targeted tax cuts that will help us grow our existing small businesses. The inventory tax is a prime example. We must push through a reduction
and ultimate elimination of the inventory tax, while keeping the burden off of cities and counties so they do not raise property taxes. We must continue looking for other opportunities to lower taxes to spur economic growth and job creation.
Source: MS Governor campaign 2011 website philbryant.com, "Vision"
, May 3, 2011
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