JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi House chairman says he is backing off a proposal that could have led to higher gasoline and cigarette taxes.
The Ways and Means Committee passed House Bill 1733 on Monday. It included vague provisions that could have been updated later with those specific tax increases. It also included tax incentives for movie makers.
But the committee chairman, Republican Jeff Smith of Columbus, did an about-face Tuesday, saying that he won't bring the bill to a vote in the 122-member House. Smith would not say what prompted the change of plans.
Legislators are just beyond the midpoint of their 90-day session, and Wednesday is the deadline for the House and Senate to pass the first version of budget and revenue bills.