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Can Prayer Succeed Where Sales Tax Fails?


 Let us pray the potholes away.

Jackson, Mississippi, needs more revenue: its crumbling infrastructure (bridges, pipes, roads and hydraulic structures) will cost the city approximately $743 million to repair.  Recognizing this, last March Mayor Tony Yarber signed an emergency declaration that gives the city more flexibility in handling infrastructure repairs.

Unfortunately, a sales tax increase intended to raise the necessary funds isn’t going to provide enough. The mayor’s plan to tackle infrastructure repairs acknowledges this—that the 1% sales tax levied for these repairs won’t cover even a fraction of the costs (Clarion-Ledger).

What, then, is the city to do? Pray?

According to a tweet sent out by Mayor Yarber, yes:

“Yes… I believe we can pray potholes away. Moses prayed and a sea opened up.”

It’s unclear exactly what the mayor meant by this. Will prayer fill the potholes? Will it help the city come up with the funds required to repair them? Perhaps time will tell.

In the meantime, drive carefully.


Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.