Mississippi is one of the last states in the U.S. to consider a change to its gas tax. Because of rising construction costs and inflation, current funding has been unable to match the amounts required to keep our roads and bridges in good condition.
Mississippi is home to some of the most dangerous roadways in the nation. Almost 60% of major roads and highways in Mississippi are rated in “poor or mediocre” condition. Unfortunately, this rating doesn’t come without consequences. Between 2013 and 2017 3,227 people died on Mississippi roads. That’s 3,227 families that will never be the same.
We must demand better.
IT’S TIME TO #FIXMSROADS
In addition to improving the safety of our roads and bridges, upgrading our state’s transportation network comes with economic advantages. For example, our roads and bridges support as many as 575,000 jobs in key industries like retail sales, agriculture, tourism and manufacturing as well as $1.3 billion in salaries for Mississippians.
The flip side of that coin?
Every $1 in deferred maintenance costs an additional $4 to $5 in needed future repairs.