Tax ruling could open way to Mississippi special session

Published 5:17 pm Thursday, June 21, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling saying states can force online shoppers to pay taxes on sales could bring on a special legislative session in Mississippi to earmark new money for roads and bridges.

Revenue Commissioner Herb Frierson said after the 5-4 ruling that he estimates Mississippi will collect $30 million to $50 million in additional tax revenue in the budget year beginning July 1. He estimates an additional $50 million to $75 million the following year.

Gov. Phil Bryant said last month that if the court ruled for the states, he’d ask lawmakers to earmark that money and money from a state lottery, for transportation.

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Bryant spokesman Clay Chandler says the Republican is still talking to legislative leaders about a potential session, and will call one if agreement is reached.