Timing Wrong for Tax Cut

By: Renee' LaSalle
By: Renee' LaSalle

Mississippi's proposed Grocery Tax bill has come under a lot of controversy.

The bill would sharply raise the tax on cigarettes while eliminating grocery taxes by 2014. Gov. Barbour vetoed the bill calling it fiscally irresponsible. Now, many legislators agree. Both Rep. Eric Robinson and State Senator Videt Carmichael initially voted for the bill. They now both say the timing is wrong and passing the bill would cause severe strain on services in cities around the state.

"You have specific services, garbage, police protection, fire protection, water & sewage. These services must be paid for and you have your annual budget, and if you take one dime out, it has consequences," said Rep. Robinson, Mississippi District 85.

Proponents of the gov. Veto say cutting taxes right now could jeopardize the ten billion dollars in promised federal hurricane aid


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