Can legislature cough up more funds for roadways? - - Jackson, MS

Can legislature cough up more funds for roadways?

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi must take action to fix crumbling bridges, roads and highways, according to the Mississippi Economic Council. 

The MEC says the bridge at Mill Street in downtown Jackson is just one example of the disrepair that can be found across the state.

On Friday, the MEC discussed the results of years of research, and now plans to ask the legislature for $375 million extra each year to fix the growing problems. 

"In order for us to accomplish what we need to accomplish as a state, like 23 other states across the nation have already done, is (we are) going to have to increase its revenue for transportation," says Scott Waller, CEO of MEC. 

 MEC proposes 80 percent of that amount go toward state maintained roadways, and 20 percent for city and county roads. 

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