Lieutenant Governor-Elect Delbert Hosemann Says Mississippi’s Roads and Bridges Will Be Key Issue In the Upcoming Legislative Session

The new year is quickly approaching as the holiday season is already upon us. The 2020 Mississippi legislative session is key for many critical issues in our state with no issue as pressing as crumbling roads and bridges. Our transportation network has impacts on all aspects of life for Mississippians including safety, the economy, and even how many people are moving to Mississippi every year.

56% of all major roads and highways in Mississippi are in poor or mediocre condition. We are running out of time to fix our roads and bridges. Mississippi’s roads and bridges are costing drivers $820 per year in vehicle operating costs and taking lives as our state has the second-highest highway fatality rate in the nation. The time is now for our lawmakers to take action and make our state better for everyone that lives, does business, and moves to our great state.

Lt. Governor-elect Delbert Hosemann is already taking action and making sure Mississippi legislators are ready to hit the ground running when the Legislature reconvenes on January 7. The Lt. Governor-elect has already met with 52 senators since the General Election and has voiced his optimism for the group. Hosemann told Y’all Politics, “Those meetings, I thought, went well. I like our team. We have a diverse group of individuals who I think are motivated and ready to go to work.”

Hosemann went on to emphasize the problems which need to be worked on by the legislature as soon as it convenes in January. Hosemann went on to say, “I have found that in these conversations on education, infrastructure, healthcare, all the issues we will be discussing very shortly. I have found common ground where there may not have been before.”

Lt. Governor-elect Hosemann emphasized the need to recognize and find a long-term solution to Mississippi roads and bridges throughout his campaign, even proposing a form of a gas tax that would let counties decide on whether they want to implement a plan to help fix its roads and bridges. The future of Mississippi will be heavily decided during the 2020 legislative session and our state’s roads and bridges are key for the direction of our state as we head into the new decade.