Mississippi voters support spending more to fix the state’s roads and bridges – even if it means a reasonable increase in taxes and fees, according to a poll released today.
The poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, shows 61 percent would support a reasonable plan to increase funding, provided the new taxes or fees were only spent on fixing and improving our highways and bridges. Of those polled 34% strongly support the increase vs. 22% who strongly oppose the increase. According to the poll 59 percent of republicans support a reasonable plan for increasing taxes and fees, while 65 percent of democrats are in favor of such action.
The data also showed 85 percent of Mississippians support spending more on fixing and improving Mississippi’s roads and bridges, as outlined in MEC’s ‘Excelerate Mississippi’ transportation plan. The plan calls for $375 million in additional funding each year to address the state’s most critical transportation needs.
MEC held a press conference recently, outlining new research released from TRIP, a Washington, DC-based national transportation organization. You can watch a full video of the press conference below.
Roads and bridges that are deficient, congested or lack desirable safety features cost Mississippi motorists a total of $2.25 billion statewide annually – as much as $1,879 in some areas – due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays. Increased investment in transportation improvements at the local, state and federal levels could relieve traffic congestion, improve road, bridge and transit conditions, boost safety, and support long-term economic growth in Mississippi, according to a new report released recentlyby TRIP.