BILL CRAWFORD — Fuel tax issue will show Republicans can lead, or not

As every knows, Mississippi has a road and bridge crisis.

“I see first-hand that we are on the verge of losing our competitive edge,” says Joe F. Sanderson, Chairman and CEO of Sanderson Farms and chair of a special Blueprint Mississippi task force. “Roads across our state are beginning to crumble. Bridges aren’t safe.”

The solution is quite simple, as pointed out by the task force, raise user fees and taxes on fuel to provide the money needed to fix our roads and bridges.

But, as everyone knows, the political will among Republican legislators to raise any fees or taxes is virtually non-existent.

If the Republican majority cannot provide the strong leadership needed to resolve this critical infrastructure problem, we can expect many highly political decisions, but few good government decisions from them over the next four years.