House District 37 Representative Gary Chism brought a little relief to Mississippi drivers on Monday morning when he told Clay County citizens that a recently proposed gasoline tax hike would likely not pass into law.
“Republicans don’t believe in increasing taxes,” Chism told citizens at West Point’s City Hall. “But there are some Rhinos, Republicans in name only.”
Chism is speaking of Dick Hall, Transportation Commissioner for Mississippi’s Central District and Hall’s proposal of a 10 cent increase on the already existing 18.4 cent tax drivers pay when they fill up their tanks.
“He believes in raising taxes,” Chism said. “I don’t know who he’s trying to peddle this to, but we’re not raising the tax.
Chism says that he spoke directly with Mike Tagert, Mississippi’s Norther District Transportation Commissioner, and he says that Tagert has assured him that he is firmly against the increase.
“Ours, in the norther district, Mike Tagert is not supporting the gas tax,” Chism said.
This is not the first major issue some of the state Republican leadership has been divided on.
Recently, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant became at odds with follow GOP Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney over the whether the state should create a health care exchange to comply with the 2010 Affordable Health Care Act.
Bryant rejected Chaney’s stance of moving ahead to create an exchange.
Chism did not address the health care exchange issue on Monday morning.