Report criticizes MDOT’s accounting; says road/bridge funding inadequate

bridge_rgbJACKSON — A new report calls for Mississippi’s road-building agency to do more to account for the money it spends, but agrees the state isn’t spending enough money to maintain its roads and bridges.

The report, released Friday by a legislative watchdog committee, could figure prominently into the ongoing debate over raising more money for the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

Proponents of more money have pushed the state to raise its gasoline tax. But they’re now seeking other options with Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves both opposing that tax increase.

Opponents of more spending have said it’s unclear how MDOT decides to spend money, or whether it’s spending on the highest priorities. In a series of 14 recommendations, the report calls on MDOT to do more to measure performance.

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