Mississippi Senate Rejects House Attempts To Earmark Internet Taxes For Road And Bridge Repair

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 28th, 2017 at 6:30 am

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Gov. Phil Bryant will have to call a special session for lawmakers to set a budget for the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

The House on Monday tried to force the Senate to hold discussions about a long-term plan to fund repairs for highways and bridges. But, that effort failed in a rare public disagreement between Republicans who lead the two chambers.

The new budget year begins July 1.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says House leaders were pushing what he called an “unconstitutional” internet sales tax.

Speaker Philip Gunn and other House leaders said there’s nothing unconstitutional about the tax that Amazon and some others are already paying voluntarily. They propose setting aside some of the tax collections to pay for infrastructure.