The Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition (MSCC) today announced the group will reject any attempts to raise gas taxes or sales taxes on Mississippi families as part of a plan to raise revenue for transportation projects. A transportation task force has been looking into the issue.

Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons(D) released a proposal last week that would raise $700 million in new revenue by increasing taxes on gasoline, diesel, car tags and titles, residential utilities and tires and would remove some sales tax exemptions on agriculture and manufacturing.

Senator Simmons described the proposal as a “starting point” for negotiations.

MSCC members say, as far as they are concerned, Simmons’ “starting point” is a “non-starter.”

“Chairman Simmons’ proposal is clearly another attempt to increase government spending on the backs of Mississippi taxpayers and families,” said Coalition member Senator Will Longwitz. “We should be cutting government, not killing jobs by raising people’s gas prices.”

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