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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Guest Column: Road funding issue gets complicated than it seems

Mississippi voters need to get up to speed on the debate about highway funding. There’s a lot of money on the line.

How much money? TRIP, a national transportation research group, just completed a study claiming deficient roads are costing Mississippians $2.9 billion a year in vehicle repairs, traffic delays and crashes. That’s about $1,500 per vehicle.

Meanwhile, the state Legislature won’t raise the gas tax 15 cents a gallon to increase road funding, an increase that would cost drivers about $100 per vehicle. The tax has never been adjusted for inflation in 25 years.

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