JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Election-year tax cuts are moving ahead in the Mississippi Legislature as Republican leaders propose differing ideas.
The Senate voted 38-9 Tuesday for a $382 million proposal by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to phase out Mississippi's business franchise tax and cut some income taxes.
Reeves says it's a "responsible" plan that will encourage business expansion.
Speaker Philip Gunn and other House Republicans are backing a plan to phase out Mississippi's personal income tax.
The House Ways and Means Committee voted 15-7 Tuesday to approve House Bill 1629.
The House is likely to debate the $1.7 billion tax cut Wednesday. The bill requires a 60 percent vote to advance.
Opponents warn that tax cuts could starve state agencies of needed revenue and make the tax system more regressive.