For all the early hype in the 2017 Mississippi Legislative Session over stopping the Internet Tax from being collected (increased) in Mississippi, in the closing days all one could hear from people on this issue, other than concerned taxpayers, was complete silence.
Today was the deadline for all revenue bills in the Senate to be considered. The only bill that would have stopped the Department of Revenue from collecting the Internet Tax was SB3010, a piece of legislation authored by Sen. Chris McDaniel.
Despite the outpouring of calls and emails to the Senate by concerned Mississippi voters, not one legislator, statewide leader, or state/national political organization that had previously fought against the Internet Tax bill, HB480, made any effort to bring SB3010 to a vote.
So we are left with two questions: First, if the Department of Revenue is simply going to circumvent the legislative process, then what was the point in opposing HB 480? Second, was the opposition to HB 480 just clever political posturing?
Regardless, what began as a worthy effort to defeat a tax increase ended with little fanfare — and the Department of Revenue will proceed to raise the tax without legislative approval.
We are already over-taxed, and an overwhelming majority of Mississippians agree with the “not one more cent” sentiment. Hard-working families expect the government to live within its means.
Until concerted efforts against taxing and spending are realized, and personal political games are placed aside for the betterment of all, then nothing in Mississippi will ever change.
In 2016, the American people understood that the only way things were going to change in Washington was to change who we elect to represent our interests. Hopefully, more Mississippians are beginning to feel the same way about our state.
Truly, the only effort that is going to change Mississippi for the better is to change those we elect to represent us in Jackson.