Mississippi road money push hits likely pothole

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A year after an effort to increase gasoline and diesel taxes to spend more on transportation stalled, Mississippi legislative leaders say chances are slim again in 2017.

Enacting any tax increase takes a three-fifths majority. Although the GOP holds that margin in both the House and Senate, some Republicans flatly oppose raising any taxes.

Mississippi Economic Council, the state chamber of commerce, advocates another $375 million a year for highways and bridges, saying most money should come from higher taxes on fuel or vehicle licenses.