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Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King attends a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King attends a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday.
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Mississippi's southern district transportation commissioner says a legislative proposal to raise millions of dollars in gasoline taxes to fund highway work should instead be put to the people for a vote. Tom King of Petal favors a referendum to legislative action to raise taxes.

Earlier this month, Sen. Willie Simmons of the State Transportation Task Force suggested a $700 million tax increase on gas. It would pay for highway maintenance.

"We're looking at (an) Arkansas plan as a referendum," said King. "People I've talked to in our area in South Mississippi prefer a referendum and let the people decide on that issue," he said.

We spoke to King during a meeting Tuesday of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women.

Sen. Joey Fillingane was also there and while he said he's not against a referendum on raising taxes, he said it probably wouldn't pass.

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