The Mississippi Department of Transportation's executive director says that without new taxes, the department will be in trouble.
Larry "Butch" Brown told the Community Development Foundation in Tupelo on Friday that he supports a 5-cent-per-gallon increase in the gasoline tax to help pay for road projects.
He says that without new income, the department won't be able to build any new roads or bridges in three years -- its money will all be going to maintenance.
The department gets about $300 million a year from an 18.4-cent-per-gallon tax on gas and diesel.
Brown says that tax has been the same since 1987, when gasoline cost a dollar a gallon.