Four months ago, the Mississippi Legislature adjourned. But the day they left Jackson, they knew they would likely go back for a special session since some big issues were not resolved. Now Governor Phil Bryant is likely to call a special session for August.
The likely topics: infrastructure needs including road and bridge improvements. The state will see increased revenue collections; the result of U.S. Supreme Court decisions allowing internet sales tax collections and sports betting. There is also the consideration of establishing a state lottery. All of this could help pay for improvements.
We hope this new revenue discussion will also lead state lawmakers to come to an agreement on the distribution of $750 million from the state's BP oil spill settlement. We believe the vast majority, if not all of that money belongs to the coastal counties where the economic damage was done. Lawmakers should do the right thing and finally vote to bring that money to the coast for economic improvement.
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