Never was a proposal more dead on arrival than Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons’ $700 million in tax increases to fund highway maintenance, and other stuff.
If such sweeping tax increases were to pass in the Republican-led 2014 Mississippi Legislature, I’ll eat a print copy of this column.
Now, it should be noted that Simmons, who’s heading up a task force looking into what transportation officials say is a shortfall of hundreds of millions of dollars a year in maintenance funds, said he just threw his proposal out there to get the ball rolling, get a conversation started.
It did. But probably not the conversation he wanted. And it appears it might hamper any real consideration of more modest tax hikes to fund road maintenance.