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

Guest Column: Gas tax should be indexed for inflation

When the state legislature voted 30 years ago to vastly improve Mississippi’s highways, they passed an 18 cent gas tax. It was the most logical way to fund the program.

As a result, Mississippi has had some of the best roads in the nation, a boon for economic development and public safety and convenience.

But the legislature made one fatal flaw: They didn’t index the tax for inflation. After 30 years, inflation has cut the real amount of the original gas tax in half.

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