In this song and dance leading up to the June 5 special session about whether the Legislature is going to find more money to spend on the state’s transportation needs, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has positioned himself as the no man.
While the Republican lieutenant governor acknowledges that there are expensive infrastructure problems facing the state and local governments that need to be addressed, Reeves has thus far rejected or cast aside every idea offered by the House leadership.
Reeves has rejected diverting the tax collected on internet sales to transportation needs. He offered nary a kind word for the proposal of House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, to allow local governments to increase the motor fuel tax within their borders with the consent of the voters to provide funds for infrastructure.
And while Reeves was willing to issue bonds during the regular session for transportation improvements, the bond bill died when the House and Senate leadership could not agree on the particulars.