FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) - Many communities across Mississippi could use updates on roads and bridges, that’s one reason lawmakers met today in Fulton to talk about infrastructure needs throughout the state.
In Washington, the house will soon vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
Congressman Trent Kelly said it will be hard to get it passed. He added that he believes if passed, it will do little for Mississippi.
“Right now they don’t have the votes to pass it and were not going to help them because yes, there’s a lot of good but there’s more bad," said Kelly. "The majority doesn’t go to roads and bridges, it goes to green new deal stuff and that’s just not good for Mississippi or anyone.”
House Speaker Philip Gunn said the state’s infrastructure will be improved even if the bill does not pass.
He said legislators held a special session in 2018 to devote money every year to roads and bridges and added that it continues to provide a steady stream of revenue to the cause.
“I’m glad the legislature stepped up in 2018 and recognized the need and dedicated a steady stream of revenue to fix our roads and bridges," said Gunn.
Meanwhile, Kelly said he would like to see a different infrastructure plan than the one that is up for debate in Washington.
“We want an infrastructure deal that puts money into roads and bridges,' said Kelly. "Forty percent of our roads in Mississippi we cant use, we’ve got bridges that are out.”
The house could vote on the infrastructure bill as early as two weeks from now.