Tuck: Barbour using 'fictitious' numbers on tax bill - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tuck: Barbour using 'fictitious' numbers on tax bill

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Lieutenant Governor Amy Tuck says she's trying to line up Senate support to override Governor Haley Barbour's veto of a tax bill.

But she's not saying when a vote might happen.

Barbour and Tuck are both Republicans, and this is their first major split on policy issues.

Tuck today said Barbour is using "fictitious" numbers to bolster his assertion that the bill would hurt cities. She said her staff is compiling its own set of numbers to counter Barbour's.

The bill would phase out taxes on groceries and increase them on cigarettes. It zipped through the Senate and House in the first few days of the 2006 legislative session. Barbour called the proposal, "ill-conceived, barely researched, poorly timed and passed in great haste."

He said that eliminating the seven percent grocery tax would hurt city and state budgets as Mississippi recovers from Hurricane Katrina.

Overriding a veto takes a two-thirds majority in both the Senate and the House.

There's no deadline for lawmakers to act, and they're unlikely to attempt an override until they have enough votes to prevail.

Officials say Mississippi has the highest state grocery tax in the nation.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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