Bobby Harrison: Mississippi leaders intent on tax cuts

Both Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who presides over the Senate, indicated in recent comments that they would support tax cuts in the 2016 session, which begins in January.

Eyes on franchise tax

In an emailed response to a question, Knox Graham, a spokesman for Bryant, said the governor “cut taxes 49 times during his first term in office and that number is sure to go up over the next four years. As for this year’s session, he is extremely interested in doing away with the franchise tax.”…

…It is no secret that Reeves still is eying tax cuts. Reeves recently said he was developing an agenda for the 2016 session and was not ready to release it.

But he said, in an emailed response, “I believe Mississippians make better decisions on how to spend their own money than any governmental entity ever will. I also believe this is not an either/or decision but a both/and decision. We can continue to grow our economy through both strategic investments in infrastructure and education, and putting more money in the hands of hard-working Mississippians.