New state bill would help college students pay for meals

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - A new bill may help college students save a few bucks on their pre-paid meal plans.

Representative Toby Barker (R-Hattiesburg) has introduced a bill which would change the state tax commission's rule on flex plans and student meal cards at universities and colleges in Mississippi. In 2008, the tax commission changed the rule which made all pre-paid student meal plans taxable, but Barker's bill, which passed the state House and Senate, will do away with the tax.

"With rising tution costs and textbook prices being higher than they have ever been, any chance that we have to give a break to students - we should do that," said Barker. "It's not going to be hundreds of dollars of savings to students, but it will be increased purchasing power."

Once Governor Haley Barbour signs the bill, student's meal plans will be tax-free starting next year.