FAQs

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Where will the money come from to fix our roads?

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Several proposals are before the Mississippi legislature. We believe legislators should make a significant commitment to fixing Mississippi's roads this session. That money does not necessarily need to come from gas taxes or user fees. Simply prioritizing road maintenance and construction in the general fund would be a significant improvement over our current commitment to infrastructure.

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Doesn’t the federal government provide road money?

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While it is true the United States Department of Transportation provides road construction money to all 50 states, this money is money is not sufficient to cover all of Mississippi's road construction needs and federal funds come with strings attached that make utilizing the money difficult.

Federal dollars include a host of red-tape , like environmental impact statements and Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements, that make these dollars more difficult to put to use. Because of this red tape, many states choose to use federal funds for maintenance while state funds are used for new construction.

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Don’t I already pay a gas tax?

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Yes, the reality is that Mississippi drivers pay $0.184/gallon of state tax on every gallon of motor fuel they purchase (Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties pay an additional $0.03 seawall tax on gasoline only). Mississippi's gas tax has not increased since 1987. Both inflation and fuel economy increases over the last 30 years have slowly eroded the purchasing power of this tax.

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Why is now the time to spend money on infrastructure?

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If not now, when? Mississippi's roads are literally costing drivers millions of dollars and hundreds of lives each year. With fuel prices at historic lows, if legislators determine new taxes or fees are required, now is as good of time as any add these costs without dramatically impacting the budget of Mississippians.