Lt. governor says no to increasing gas tax

JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is repeating his opposition to any increase in the state gasoline tax. That means state senators are unlikely to accept a big part of a transportation funding plan that House leaders unveiled Thursday.

Gov. Phil Bryant has ordered closure of more than 100 locally maintained bridges that are in dangerous condition. He could call legislators into special session sometime to consider long-term transportation funding plan.

House leaders are proposing a tax swap, phasing out the 4 percent state income tax bracket and phasing in an 8-cents-per-gallon increase on the state gas tax. Speaker Philip Gunn says the gas tax would put more money into infrastructure.

Reeves says Senate leaders will stick with a transportation plan they proposed during the recent regular session.