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Chris McDaniel on Energy & Oil

 


Don't raise gas tax to pay for transportation projects

The Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition announced that the group will reject any attempts to raise gas taxes or sales taxes on Mississippi families as part of a plan to raise revenue for transportation projects. [The latest] proposal would raise $700 million in new revenue by increasing taxes on gasoline, diesel, car tags and titles, residential utilities and tires and would remove some sales tax exemptions on agriculture and manufacturing.

"We must find efficient ways to maintain our state infrastructure without upsetting commerce with calls for more taxes and heavy-handed government controls," said Coalition Chairman Senator Chris McDaniel. "Our spending priorities are clearly in question when we are increasing bond indebtedness on pet projects such as museums while our infrastructure is allegedly failing. Mississippians are spending more on basic needs than ever. They don't need their state government making that worse."

Source: Report by WTVA-Tupelo , Jul 2, 2011

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