House leader suggests voters approve tax package - - Jackson, MS

House leader suggests voters approve tax package

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The chief budget writer in the Mississippi House is proposing that lawmakers put a tax-increase package on the election-year ballot in 2011, leaving voters to decide if it will take effect.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Johnny Stringer, a Democrat from Montrose, says details of his proposal haven't been worked out but the package could include higher taxes on liquor and casinos.

In 2001, the Legislature opted to let the voters decide whether they wanted to keep the old state flag, which was offensive to some because of its ties to the Civil War, or to adopt a new flag. The old flag stayed.

Stringer says a vote on a proposed tax-increase package would be a similar way to let people decide a big issue.

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