A comprehensive plan to deal with what many say is a deteriorating transportation system in Mississippi most likely will not be passed during the 2017 legislative session.
Wednesday was the deadline for such a proposal to pass at least one chamber of the Legislature. While the comprehensive plan is dead, the House has passed two streams of revenue designed to address what the Mississippi Economic Council and others have labeled as a major problem with the state’s transportation system.
“I am disappointed, but I am happy the internet sales tax is alive,” said Rep. Steve Massengill, R-Hickory Flat, the vice chair of the House Transportation Committee. “That looks like all we are going to get, and maybe a little in bonds.”
The House has passed a bill to issue $50 million in bonds to finance repairs of substandard bridges owned by cities and counties. That proposal passed Tuesday.