Meanwhile, efforts to plant new money trees have been blocked.
Gov. Phil Bryant encouraged legislators to consider a state lottery that could generate $100 million in new money.
House Speaker Philip Gunn blocked that money tree.
The Speaker pushed to collect taxes on Internet sales that could add $60 to $100 million in new revenues.
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves blocked that money tree.
The Tax Foundation expert Gunn and Reeves brought in to help revamp the state’s tax structure said gas taxes should be increased to pay for needed road and bridge repairs.
But, both Gunn and Reeves blocked that money tree.
They also ignored a call by House Conservative Coalition President Becky Currie to delay the upcoming tax cuts.