Representative Steve Holland believes a gasoline tax is a fair way to fund the road program.
“It’s interesting to me, some of my colleagues say, my people don’t want this. Well, I’ve yet to find a soul that has spoken to me who didn’t want good roads and a good transportation system. Some of them say, don’t tax me to get it. I say, then you don’t really want good roads because you’re not a realistic and practical person,” Rep. Holland said.
State Senator Chad McMahan says there is a need for more transportation funding, but he believes voters will decide the fate of any gas tax to pay for the road and bridge program.
“We’ve invested 31 billion dollars in transportation since 1987. It’s very conservative to take care of the things we’ve built. You wouldn’t build a house and never put a roof on it, or take time to maintenance your home. The people of Mississippi will be able to vote in November whether they want to raise taxes on fuel to support roads and bridges,” said Sen. McMahan.