Transportation advocates say they are not going away

The Mississippi Economic Council, and multiple other groups supporting more state spending on transportation needs, held a news conference at the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon to say they are not going away.

The news conference comes one day after the Senate, led by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, killed legislation designed to try to force internet retailers to collect and remit to the state a 7 percent tax on items they sell to Mississippians.

It was estimated the tax would have generated between $75 million and $125 million for what MEC and others say is a badly deteriorating state transportation system. Reeves and the Senate leadership said the bill violates a U.S. Supreme Court ruling saying states could not force companies with no “brick and mortar” presence in their state to collect the tax.

Others say it is time to try to force the judiciary to revisit the issue.

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