Increasing the Cigarette Tax to Fund Road Maintenance in Mississippi? Not So Fast.

By Katherine Loughead | May 1st, 2018 at 12:49 pm

BY: Katherine Loughead / Policy Analyst — Tax Foundation

Katherine Loughead is a Policy Analyst with the Center for State Tax Policy at the Tax Foundation.

Filed Under: Budget, Contributor, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, Opinion, Philip Gunn, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, Transportation

When linked to inflation, transportation-related taxes and infrastructure user fees generally help ensure that as long as infrastructure networks have reliable users, they have reliable funding. On the other hand, not only are cigarette taxes unrelated to infrastructure, but they also represent a declining revenue stream.

Use Taxes Keep State’s January Collections Slightly Above Revenue Estimates

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 7th, 2018 at 3:18 am

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The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Budget, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Revenue, Taxes

The legislative leadership opted to adopt a conservative estimate after multiple years when the collections did not meet the estimate, forcing numerous rounds of budget cuts and in some instances the firing of state employees.

Federal Government Hits New Debt Ceiling Of $20.493 Trillion

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 12th, 2017 at 10:47 am

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The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Budget, Economy, Entitlements, Federal Government, National, News, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, US Congress

Meet the new debt ceiling: $20.493 trillion The debt ceiling was suspended for about three months in September, which allowed the federal government to borrow as much money as it needed during that period. The government borrowed more than $500 billion in the last few months when the ceiling was suspended. But after Friday, the […]

Referendum On MEC Supported Tax Increase Is “Fraught With Landmines” For Transportation Planners.

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 23rd, 2017 at 7:02 am

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The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Commentary, Elections, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, Transportation

Perhaps groups that are advocating for more transportation spending, such as the Mississippi Economic Council, could run a successful campaign to get voters to agree to a package of tax and fee increases.

But the MEC and other like-minded groups, no doubt, would have to think long and hard before endorsing such a referendum

Government Should Not Own Vacant Property

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 26th, 2017 at 7:57 am

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The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Commentary, County Government, Federal Government, Gulf Coast, MS State Government, Opinion, Revenue, Spending

There are far too many buildings and land in our state and across the country owned by the local, state or federal government that are not being used.

Internet Sales Tax: State Economist Downplays Importance As Revenue Declines

By MississippI PEP Staff | August 11th, 2017 at 11:27 am

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The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Budget, Business, Economy, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Revenue, Spending, Taxes

Despite repeated attempts by Mississippi government officials, the state’s internet sales tax revenue for FY 2017 was down even more than sales tax revenue- $4.2 million or 1.8 percent compared to the sales tax being down 0.33 percent.

Bill Crawford Suggests Lawmakers Approval Of Sports Betting Was Intentional.

By MississippI PEP Staff | July 24th, 2017 at 7:03 am

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The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Commentary, Ethics, Gulf Coast, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Philip Gunn, Politics, Revenue, Sean Tindell, State Lottery, Tate Reeves

Legislators are saying they didn’t know the bill they passed this year to tax fantasy sports betting may open the door for Mississippi casinos to offer and control Las Vegas style sports betting. Governor Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn are saying that was not the intent of […]

Former MS Attorney General Mike Moore Is A Driving-Force Behind Opioid Lawsuits.

By MississippI PEP Staff | July 24th, 2017 at 6:05 am

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The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Culture, Democrats, Influencing Institutions, Leadership, Medical Care, Mike Moore, Mississippi, MS Attorney General, National, News, Public Safety, Revenue

The legal front widening against makers of opioid painkillers has something in common with landmark tobacco litigation of the 1990s: attorney Mike Moore.

Dept. Of Revenue Issues Notice Of Increased Tax Penalties On Internet Sellers Not “Voluntarily” Registered With State.

By MississippI PEP Staff | July 21st, 2017 at 6:14 pm

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The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Banking and Finance, Business, Ethics, Liberty, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Principles of Freedom, Property rights, Revenue, Taxes

On Friday June 21, the Department issued a notice that it intended to amend Reg. 35.IV.1.02 concerning application of sales tax penalties. A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.

DOR Deal With Amazon To Collect Online Sales Tax Fails To Produce Expected Boost To Revenue

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 19th, 2017 at 7:35 am

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The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Revenue, Taxes

Instead of being a boost to the beleaguered state general fund, the use tax, like other state taxes, is underperforming in terms of collection.