All state legislature had to do was adjust the fuel tax for inflation. The 18.4 cents per gallon tax has remained the same for over 30 years while the cost to maintain roads has increased, naturally, with the inflation rate. This is not rocket science.
But it takes guts, leadership, which was sadly lacking in our state capitol recently. Scared of political retribution, the legislature resorted to borrowing, gambling and taxing hybrids to scrape up a fraction of the money needed. This is a bandaid on a major wound. As a result, Mississippians will see their roads further decline, making the ultimate repairs twice as costly and costing vehicle owners thousands of dollars because of busted tires, bent rims, front end alignments and various suspension system repairs.