The consumers also happen to be the voters and not many appear too keen on parting with more of their hard earned money. While corporations are enticed to relocate here by the MS Development Authority by reducing or deferring their corporate tax rates, quite a few of these companies have been a bust, and have limped out of Mississippi having fallen well short of the benchmarks required in the tax deferment deals, and leaving state taxpayers to foot the bill and cleanup the mess.
The Mississippi Economic Council and the Dept. Of Transportation decry the horrible shape of roads and bridges and the need to raise additional money to pay for safety updates, but only 3 months ago MDOT gave raises to 423 employees to the tune of $1.2 million.
If MDOT, MDE, the state Bond Commission, lawmakers and any other government official can’t be bothered to be smarter stewards of the money they already receive then it’s hard to fathom why Mississippians should be expected to dig deeper and give them more.