During the 2018 Special Legislative Session, $250 million was appropriated to take care of the worst roads and bridges in the state, however, Hall said it comes nowhere near close enough to fix the issue as there have been 691 applicants for the $250 million. The requests were totaled right at $1 billion.
“It all takes money, it takes an investment,” Hall said. “Hopefully when this new legislature comes into session maybe there will be enough changes to see that.”
While many believe that controversial bills will not get passed during the 2019 session due to it being an election year, Hall said that he would be “very surprised” if a gas tax does get passed in 2019. However, the last time that the state gas tax was raised in Mississippi was in 1987, during an election year.
“I do want to commend the leadership of the House for the package they put together during the special session,” Hall said. “At least it’s a start. I know it’s not sufficient to get everything done that needs to get done, but at least they made an effort to do it.”
Hall added that he believes the gas tax is the only fair way to finance the highways of the state.