While much of the talk leading up to the 2016 session has centered on the possibility of legislators considering tax cuts, an effort to increase taxes might also be in the works.

Later this month — on Dec. 18 — the influential Mississippi Economic Council will release a transportation plan for the state. While little has been made public about the plan to this point, many believe additional revenue will be required to address the transportation and infrastructure needs expected to be cited in the MEC plan.

Scott Waller, executive vice president of MEC, said the goals are “to identify the problems and identify the options to address the problems. That is what we will be talking about on the 18th.”

Some legislators believe to pay for the many transportation needs in the state — both on the state and local levels — will take additional revenue.

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