Lawmakers end week without veto override attempt

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi senators ended their work week today without trying to override the governor's veto of a tax bill. Lieutenant Governor Amy Tuck has given no indication of when she might bring the matter up.

Tuck proposed the bill, which she calls a tax shift.

It would increase Mississippi's tobacco excise tax from the current 18 cents a pack up to 75 cents this July 1st and one dollar a pack a year later. It also would phase out the state's seven percent grocery tax by 2014.

Governor Haley Barbour vetoed the bill last week, saying that phasing out the grocery taxes could hurt municipal budgets.

Cities get back a portion of the sales taxes collected inside their boundaries.

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

The governor needs to flip only three Senate votes to prevail.

Two senators who voted for the bill are saying they'll side with the governor, and two others say they're leaning that direction.

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