A tax study group, created by Gov. Haley Barbour, is finalizing recommendations on changes to the state’s tax structure for a report that will be presented to state lawmakers for their consideration. From tobacco to newspapers, the group has been looking at a wide range of taxing options as part of a possible overhaul of the state tax structure.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Percy Watson, whose panel is also considering tax structure changes, last week promised to give the study commission’s recommendations a fair hearing. But he’s also interested in looking at items, such as a reduction in the sales tax on groceries, that the governor’s panel has not considered.
Given Watson’s comments, battle lines could already be forming over what taxes are raised and which ones may be reduced.