Fewer people driving means funding for safe and reliable roads has taken a substantial hit, during a time when repairs to our state’s transportation network are more important than ever. While the Mississippi Department of Transportation was already desperately short of funding going into the crisis, their cash flow for much-needed repairs and maintenance is being depleted.
Not only is the revenue from the gas tax much lower, but revenue from the lottery and casinos are virtually nonexistent with people staying home. Other states around the country are seeing the same revenue cuts, causing the American Association of State and Highway Transportation officials to ask Congressional leaders for $50 billion to help offset the decrease in funds to state DOTs. Infrastructure funding is needed now, and many believe that this would also be the best way to boost the economy and lay the framework for continued economic growth in the future.