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Funding for crumbling roads, highways and bridges

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A third round of legislative talks to discuss how to boost revenue for Mississippi's billions of dollars worth of crumbling infrastructure is set for Wednesday afternoon.

At 1:00 p.m. the Senate Highways and Transportation Task Force will meet to continue compiling ideas on how to pull in more money for bridges, roads and highways in need of repair. The current revenue stream coming in isn't meeting the state's more than $2 billion dollars worth of repairs and maintenance needs.

During the last task force meeting Chairman Senator Willie Simmons rolled out a $700 million revenue proposal, which includes the possibility of increasing the fuel tax.

"We've funded major highway construction projects in the past, but did not fully fund the ability to maintain those over time," said PEER Committee Executive Director Max Arinder. "We're now reaching the end of useful life for some of those earlier projects and if we don't maintain, it has economic consequences as well as health and safety consequences."

The task force is also expected to discuss upcoming public hearings, so that the community can learn more about the funding proposals.

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