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.