Bryant will require tax cuts to offset new road, bridge taxes

Reacting to the Mississippi state chamber of commerce’s call for new fees and taxes to fund an annual $375 million to fix up decaying roads and bridges over a 10-year period, Gov. Phil Bryant insisted Friday that such tax increases must be offset by “by corresponding tax cuts.”

Bryant did not indicate support for the proposals, though he said in a written statement he will work with the Mississippi Economic Council, the state’s Chamber, and the business leaders who served on a task force that identified the transportation needs and presented options for paying for them.

“I look forward to working with the MEC, the Legislature and other stakeholders as we continue the process of upgrading and modernizing our roads and bridges. As I’ve said before, any tax increase must be offset by corresponding tax cuts,” Bryant said.