SALTER: Legislature faces thorny 2013 issues

Mississippi lawmakers face the usual lineup of tough issues in the 2013 session – the state budget, transportation issues, charter schools, renewed calls for a state bond bill, and perhaps the toughest issue of all, the question of whether or not to expand the state’s Medicaid program.

The 2013 regular session is set to run Jan. 8 through April 7.

On the transportation front, there are increasing calls across the state for transportation funding, especially for road and bridge maintenance.

The federal gas tax hasn’t changed in 20 years. Mississippi is one of 14 states nationwide that hasn’t adjusted the state gas tax in more than 20 years.

Sid Salter