MDOT Discusses Need For New Taxes

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.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Sep 14, 2009 at 11:32 AM
    We would be better off not listening to Butch Brown, he is furnised a State vehicle to go in and also he has a helicopter to go to the cost and such areas as that. The workers that you see on the side of the roads propped up on shoves are the high paid engineers that don't know squat about road work, the employees that do the work do not get the pay, some of them put their lives on the line everyday out there in this traffic and some have been killed. We would be a lot better off with Butch Brown and people like him out of those offices and people in there that is concerned about the state and not themeselves.
  • by bad Location: enterprise on Sep 13, 2009 at 05:37 AM
    well if you will get rid of some of the employees that you have on payroll that everytime you ride by a job site that MDOT is working on and there is one doing the work and twenty more standing around propped up on a shovel or rake then you will have more money to get work done or make them work and your payrole per job will get cut considerably dont tax the citizens more now with the economy the way it is. because all the MDOT employees that drive the company trucks back and forth home cut that out and make them drive their personal vehicles and pay for their own gas instead of the tax payers paying for their gas to ride back and forth to work and home. take some of the criminals from jail instead of feeding them when they break the law put them on a chain and put them to work instead of letting them lay up in the air conditioning and tax payers pay for that too. that will be tax money at work instead of being dead beat convicts.
  • by broke Location: mississippi on Sep 12, 2009 at 04:53 PM
    I dont think this is wise. I know for a fact that there is LOTS of waste with the MDOT. Maybe he needs to evaluate and adjust before he ask taxpayers to divy up during one of the hardest economic times that any of this generation has ever faced. I say NO NEW PROJECTS! Maintain and that is it.
  • by Mad Location: Meridian on Sep 12, 2009 at 03:55 PM
    What..More taxes for us to tax the cigs even higher and now you want to tax the high gas price even more.......and we wonder why the economy is hurting. Maybe it is also because we send out jobs across seas/and we allow illegals here to TAKE our money and sent to their home, and it is not taxed. Figure it out people...If the Mexicans get paid OUR money and it is not TAXED and they send it home, that hurts the US...Think about it
  • by ED Location: MERIDIAN on Sep 12, 2009 at 02:28 PM
    mmm saw this in Tx under Ma richards.... talk about a hurting to tx and it did... in fact they lost more money..... Ms needs to get its act right with spent money more money will not solve the trouble when what they hire dont do the job right and has to be redone again.... need to re staff MDOT with people that will run it right... and cut the waist in it first
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