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What do taxpayers think about a possible tax cut?

Published: Mar. 4, 2015 at 8:23 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 5, 2015 at 10:53 AM CST
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"The proposed amount, over the course of a year, would definitely make a difference, say, on...
"The proposed amount, over the course of a year, would definitely make a difference, say, on groceries and extra spending that we could make with our families," Vicky Phillips said. (Photo source: WLOX)
"We wouldn't want to cut the highways because sometimes our roads aren't that good. And we...
"We wouldn't want to cut the highways because sometimes our roads aren't that good. And we wouldn't want to cut anything for the schools. So if that's going to be it, I wouldn't want a tax cut," Julia Quave said. (Photo source: WLOX)

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - By the end of the year, working Mississippians may have some extra money to spend. Tax cut proposals are making their way through the state legislature. They range from cuts for families making less than $50,000 a year, to a proposal to phase out the state's income tax over the next 15 years.

Sanitation worker Darien Lott said a tax cut appeals to him.

"I think that it would help my household," Lott said. "I can do a lot more with myself and my kids. I think it will just help period."

Recent retiree David Franklin spent the morning getting a haircut. A tax cut would help him and others on a fixed income.

"It's just a sad situation when people have to give up food and can't pay for food and medicine. Medicine is a big deal when you're retired," Franklin explained.

We caught up with Vicky Phillips and her daughter, Alice, at the grocery store. She said a tax cut of a couple hundred dollars would come in handy for her family.

"The proposed amount, over the course of a year, would definitely make a difference, say, on groceries and extra spending that we could make with our families," Phillips said.

While most of the people we talked with said a tax cut would do them good personally, a little extra money in their pockets to spend each year, some are reluctant to take the tax hike, simply because it might hurt other state programs.

Delivery driver Julia Quave said a tax cut might be golden, but only to a certain degree.

"We wouldn't want to cut the highways because sometimes our roads aren't that good. And we wouldn't want to cut anything for the schools. So if that's going to be it, I wouldn't want a tax cut," Quave said.

Education advocates are worried about the impact of fewer dollars coming into the state. One of them is Angela Bass.

"There is a concern among some of the stakeholders that we have talked to that there will be less money coming into their districts, and it is a concern in the education community," Bass explained.

Right now, a tax cut is certainly not a done deal. Many democrats in the house and senate say the state can't afford any type of tax cut at this time without cutting back in other areas.

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