A special session will likely be happening soon. As expected, Governor Phil Bryant said the focus will be on funding for roads and bridges and will look at potential revenue streams for the state, such as a lottery, sports betting, and online sales taxes.
“We will be able to add roughly $200 million into roads and bridges in the state of Mississippi,” said Bryant. “It will start the first year of 2019 and go into $260 million that will grow after that, so you will eventually reach the $300 million, but in the first three years of this plan, we have put over $600 million into roads and bridges in the state of Mississippi without raising taxes.”
Bryant said that he has spoken with members of the legislature on the possibility of raising a gas tax, but said there has been “no appetite for that.”
While the dates are not final yet, Governor Bryant did say they have an idea of when the special session would be.
“If I was a legislator I’d probably keep the 23rd and the 24th [August] open,” Bryant said.