The Clarion-Ledger, 2/25/9

Legislation to improve Mississippi highways and bridges, allow Jackson residents to consider raising sales taxes and give some Rankin Countians a chance to come out from dry laws survived Tuesday as a key deadline looms.

A measure that would allow the state to help Hinds County pay for the Old Capitol Green project also advanced. But a bill that would let cities raise property taxes to pay for parks and recreation facilities died Tuesday.

Today is the deadline for money bills to clear the chambers in which they originated.

Among the bills expected to be debated today at the Capitol is a sales tax holiday for back-to-school shoppers. Similar legislation has not survived in past years.

House Bill 1712 would use $300 million in bonds to build and fix state highways and bridges. It could be debated again before heading to the Senate.