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Millsaps poll finds support for transportation, not gas tax hike

   By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal A plurality of Mississippians believe improving the state’s transportation system should be the Legislature’s top priority, but an overwhelming number oppose increasing the tax on gasoline – viewed by many as the most logical way to pay for additional road and bridge needs. Those results were revealed in a poll released Wednesday by ...

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Analysis: Bills pass unseen in latest road-money drama twist

It’s one of the eternal truths of the Mississippi Legislature: Most lawmakers vote on bills they haven’t read. That may not square with the idealized, Schoolhouse Rock-vision of the legislative process that’s taught in civics, but there are just too many bills. And unlike in Congress, Mississippi lawmakers don’t each have paid staff members to examine bills for them. Typically, ...

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Mississippi House earmarks internet sales tax for roads

Some Mississippi lawmakers want to use sales tax collections from internet retailers to pay for road and bridge work. The House on Wednesday voted 79-38 to pass House Bill 480 , codifying efforts to collect taxes from Amazon.com and others that sell goods to Mississippians from outside the state. It moves to the Senate for more debate. The bill earmarks the revenue ...

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Do hybrid owners pay their share, or do they have a target on their back?

  By TED CARTER Georgia did it. So did Virginia, before the Commonwealth decided it wasn’t such a great idea, after all. The two states enacted special registration fees on hybrid cars, figuring that motorists who drive electrically powered cars put wear and tear on roadways but avoid paying the motor fuel taxes that pay for road maintenance. With the stroke ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Leadership crumbling along with highways and bridges

“Somebody’s going to be killed,” Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall stressed to the Clarion-Ledger, pointing to a study that shows Mississippi has 2,275 structurally deficient bridges. “That’s what’s going to happen.”   The huge tax cut wind howling out of the State Capitol just flicked his spittle back at him. » READ MORE — MDOT commissioner: National group gets it ...

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Spreading the word about … Asphalt

The Mississippi Asphalt Pavement Association was established in 1966 and its primary membership consists of 16 asphalt contractors and 60 associate members. Executive director Tone Garrett has headed the association for 28 years. “Our mission is to represent the industry and to develop and promote our product,” he said. “I like to spread the word about asphalt.” For example, Garrett ...

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Road plan calls for repayment of funds to MDOT

At a press conference this morning, Charlie Williams, president of the T1 Coalition, laid out his organization’s proposal on at least a short-term solution to the state’s lack of funding for road and bridge maintenance. T1’s plan does not involve new money. In fact, it’s the opposite — Williams and others gathered at the Capitol are pushing for old money. ...

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Head of special transportation panel insists ‘not going to accept failure’

Media reports speculate the Senate Highways and Transportation Special Committee recommendations for funding road and bridge maintenance will wind up in the circular file almost as soon as the chair of the Senate Highway Appropriations Committee presents them. The chairman, Cleveland Democratic Sen. Willie Simmons, has read the news reports that the six months of effort by his task force ...

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MDOT's Hall no longer solo in bid for road, bridge fix-up money

Slightly less than two years ago former legislator and current Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall could not cite a single business leader or industry group outside of the Mississippi Road Builders Association that backed his campaign for better road and bridge upkeep. Hall still hasn’t got a truckload of endorsements, but he has brought transportation infrastructure and the need ...

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