Mississippi lawmakers vague on '17 tax proposals

Published: Dec. 27, 2016 at 10:15 AM CST
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Mississippi lawmakers passed a substantial tax-cut package in 2016, with reductions phasing in over several years.

Leaders are vague about whether they will propose other tax changes during the 2017 legislative session that begins Jan. 3.

Nicole Kaeding, an economist with the Washington-based Tax Foundation, says Mississippi could generate revenue by eliminating tax exemptions on prescription drugs or on services such as dog grooming.

But Sara Miller, an analyst with the Mississippi-based Hope Policy Institute, says the state already has a "particularly regressive" tax structure, including the 7 percent sales tax on groceries.